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November 6, 2012 > Fremont Appoints New Fire Chief

Fremont Appoints New Fire Chief

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Fremont City Manager Fred Diaz announced the appointment of Geoff LaTendresse as fire chief for City of Fremont. LaTendresse has been serving as interim fire chief since June 21, 2012, when Fremont Fire Chief Bruce Martin retired. LaTendresse's career with the Fremont Fire Department began in April 1990.

Chief LaTendresse is responsible for the operational readiness of the Fremont Fire Department on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year. In addition, he is responsible for the readiness and availability of all the supporting functions in the Fire Department. The Fremont Fire Department has 153 full-time employees and 11 fire stations.

He is a 26-year veteran of the fire service. He spent the first five years of his career with the Campbell Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic before coming to Fremont in 1990. As a member of the Fremont Fire Department he has held the ranks or Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain/Paramedic, Division Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief. His career as a Paramedic spanned 14 years.

"I am pleased to appoint Geoff LaTendresse as Fremont's Fire Chief," said City Manager Fred Diaz. "I have had the privilege to work with Geoff over the past eight years and recognize his outstanding service to the Fremont Fire Department and the City of Fremont."

"Fremont is my hometown and I am humbled by my appointment to Fremont Fire Chief," said Fire Chief Geoff LaTendresse. "The traditions of service and excellence are deeply woven into the fabric of the Fremont Fire Department. I look forward to serving and leading the men and women of the Fremont Fire Department in the years ahead."

Chief LaTendresse was raised in Fremont; his parents still reside in the Mission San Jose District. He attended Vallejo Mills Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Hopkins Jr. High, and graduated from Mission San Jose High School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from San Diego State University. He also holds a variety of professional certificates from the California Fire Service Training and Education System, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Academy.

A badge-pinning ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13 during the City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 3300 Capitol Ave.

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