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Local Fire Chief Honored For His Expertise And Education

Chief John Hawkins comes from a family of firefighters, including his three sons.

The following is a news release from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department:

Riverside County Fire Chief Earns Esteemed Designation as Chief Fire Officer
CAL FIRE Riverside Unit and Riverside County Fire Chief John R. Hawkins recently received the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) designation as Chief Fire Officer. Chief Hawkins is one of only 865 CFO’s throughout the world.

The CPC is an esteemed panel of professionals from local and federal government, as well as fire and emergency medical service experts that administer the CFO Designation Program.

Criteria for receiving this prestigious recognition is a rigorous process which includes a thorough assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, professional and industry-specific contributions, community involvement and finally, a future professional development plan.

Serving as the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Chief since 2006 only scratches the surface of Hawkins’ vast 50-year career in the fire service with CAL FIRE. Hawkins oversees what he has coined as an “integrated, cooperative, regional fire protection” system, inclusive of 97 fire stations, three inmate firefighter camps, one air attack base and nearly 1,600 career personnel. Hawkins also serves as the County Operational Area Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid Coordinator as well as the President of the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Association.

Chief Hawkins’ extensive emergency management, firefighting, administrative and operational expertise continues; he is one of only 24 certified California Fire Chiefs and a certified Chief Fire Officer and graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

“I am very honored to be recognized by the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Throughout my career, I always tried to improve my education, experience and training. I strongly believe in making a difference”, said Hawkins.

John Hawkins comes from a family of firefighters, including his three sons. He strives to promote and uphold his core values of leadership, competency, integrity, safety and customer service; and expects the same of each and every firefighter and support personnel.

Chris Main March 27, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Congratulations Chief! You have always been a strong example and mentor to me. I appreciate all you have done for the communities you serve and the fire service in general.
Bryan Simpson March 27, 2013 at 08:53 PM
Chief you are the man of all men!!! Your amazing to work with! You are a person who is high above the clouds, but have no issues playing in the dirt. I have fawn memories of our Butte County days!! Congrats!!
Kathleen Lydon March 28, 2013 at 04:19 AM
Congratulations Chief Hawkins. Riverside is lucky to have you and you left a positive mark on Northern California. (SAR)
Sandy Lawrence March 29, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Congratulations Chief Hawkins, on your CPC award. We hope that Riverside County has been good to you, we here in Butte County SAR wish you all the best!

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