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New Fire Chief Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday

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SANTA BARBARA, CA –  This Thursday, November 12th at 4pm Andrew DiMizio will be sworn in as the new Chief of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department. Mayor Marty Blum will deliver the oath of office to Chief DiMizio at a ceremony at City Fire Headquarters at 121 West Carrillo Street in Santa Barbara. The ceremony is expected to draw members of the Chief’s family, City Council and staff as well as many current and retired City firefighters. Chief DiMizio, Mayor Blum and City Administrator Jim Armstrong are expected to speak.

Chief DiMizio began his career in the fire service in 1976 with the U.S. Forest Service in the Cleveland National Forest. He joined the Santa Barbara City Fire Department in 1980. He progressed through the ranks as a Firefighter, Fire Engineer and Captain. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2001. He also has served as interim Deputy Chief and Fire Chief. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Western Fire Chiefs Association and the Fire Chiefs Association of Santa Barbara County.

Chief DiMizio has been involved in most of the major incidents of the last 30 years. These include the Gap, Tea, Zaca and Jesusita Fires.  He was also at the the Painted Cave, Sycamore Canyon and Eagle Canyon Fires. He also responded as a Hazmat Team member to the Seacliff train derailment. He has also been involved with most of the major structure fires in the City and has responded nationally as a safety officer on an Incident Management Team.

Andy is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and makes his home in he Santa Barbara area with his wife Terry and their three children, Marcus, Anthony and Jessica.


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