Placentia Hires Interim Chief for New Fire Department

Placentia has hired an interim fire chief to help the city transition to its own locally controlled fire department.

Senior Executive Fire Advisor Scott Ferguson has worked in fire safety for 37 years and has more than a decade of experience as a fire chief, according to an official press release. He previously worked for the cities of Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, and Murrieta.

“It is an honor to help the City of Placentia prepare to serve the residents as a full-service city,” said Ferguson. “I firmly believe in the proven fire deployment model Placentia has created and I look forward to transforming this new Fire Department into being technologically advanced, efficient, and high-quality. I am ready to begin working with the community to build a locally-controlled and operated Fire Department that we can all be proud of and fits Placentia well.”

City Administrator Damien R. Arrula called Ferguson a “highly-qualified” and experienced fire chief. He “will be critical in assisting with this process and providing the staffing, training, and preparation of our Fire Department to take command on July 1, 2020,” Mayor Rhonda Shader said.

Ferguson will help develop policies and procedures for the new Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department. He will work on staff recruitment and search for the department’s permanent fire chief.

Placentia voted to completely sever ties with the Orange County Fire Authority and form its own department earlier this month. It is the first city in Orange County to do so, according to Voice of OC.

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