FAIRFIELD — Anthony Velasquez has been appointed fire chief for the city of Fairfield. He will succeed Chief Vince Webster, who is retiring April 2 after 30 years of service.
The appointment of Velasquez was announced Tuesday night in a city press release.
Velasquez is a battalion chief with the Fairfield Fire Department. He began his service with the department in 1989 as a volunteer. He was hired full-time in 1992. he has served as a firefighter, engineer paramedic, captain and battalion chief.
He brings significant ancillary experience to his new position.
Velasquez is a state certified paramedic, a master instructor for California state fire training, has a California Chief Officer certification and just completed his first year of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He has an associate degree in fire science from Solano Community College, a bachelor’s degree in human relations and a master’s degree in organizational leadership.
“I am very excited about becoming the new fire chief for the city of Fairfield Fire Department. I plan to build on the great things that Fire Chief Vince Webster has done for our department, but more importantly what Chief Webster has done in the community,” Velasquez said in the release. “The Fairfield Fire Department’s biggest strength comes from the members in the department.”
Velasquez was born in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield High School. He is a former coach and board member of Fairfield Atlantic Little League, and a former coach of the Fairfield Youth Soccer League.
Prior to coming to work for the Fairfield Fire Department, he worked for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Solano Garbage Company and Medic Ambulance.
His current and future bosses offered high praise for Velasquez.
“I’m very grateful for the privilege of serving here as Fairfield’s fire chief since 2008,” Webster said in the release. “I proudly pass the torch to Chief Tony Velasquez with the confidence that he’ll provide great leadership. I wish him, and the city, the best as they move forward,”
“I am pleased to be able to promote Tony to lead the Fire Department and to become a key member of the city’s executive management team,” City Manager Sean Quinn said in the release. ”He brings extensive experience with the department and has a strong educational background. Tony is also committed to the profession. I am confident he is up to the task.”
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