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May 4, 2012 > City of Hayward Selects a New Fire Chief

City of Hayward Selects a New Fire Chief

City Manager Fran David is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Garrett Contreras as Fire Chief for the City of Hayward.

Chief Contreras has served with the Hayward Fire Department since October 7, 1996, beginning his career as a Firefighter and progressing rapidly through the ranks to his current position of Deputy Chief in January of 2011. Chief Contreras has experience in all aspects of fire suppression and prevention, including serving with the California Department of Forestry - Fire Protection where he gained valuable experience in wildland fire suppression. Chief Contreras has successfully led Hayward strike teams many times to assist other California jurisdictions in fighting forest fires as well as fires in the urban-wildlands interface.

He is also an accredited paramedic holding a certificate from Modesto Junior College, and has studied Fire Science Technology and Emergency Medical Services at Columbia Community College. In addition, Chief Contreras has completed numerous technical and command courses in the Fire Service. He has been selected to attend the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for three weeks in June of this year. This is an elite leadership development program for senior executives in state and local government.

City Manager Fran David stated, "Over the last seventeen years, Chief Contreras has demonstrated his loyalty and commitment to the community of Hayward. I am pleased that the Fire Department has worked so hard to prepare this talented and skilled individual for this position, and that he has agreed to take on the significant responsibility of Fire Chief."

In assuming his new role, Chief Contreras stated, "I'm proud of the history of the Hayward Fire Department and of the success of my predecessor, which I will strive to emulate in my new role as Fire Chief. I look forward to the organization's continued exemplary labor/management relationship and working with Hayward Firefighters Local 1909, the finest firefighters in the nation."

Chief Contreras will assume his position on May 13, 2012, following the retirement of current Fire Chief Craig Bueno.

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