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January 2, 2018 > Milpitas Fire Chief Retires

Milpitas Fire Chief Retires

By Rhoda J. Shapiro

Fire Chief Robert Mihovich, who has served MilpitasÕ Fire Department for 37 years, officially retired on December 30. At the City Council meeting on December 19, the City of Milpitas honored Mihovich, known affectionately as Chief Mo, with a Proclamation; in it, he was recognized for devoting his time and energy to a variety of projects, including the creation of Santa Clara CountyÕs Overhead Incident Management Team and the Hazardous Material Response program.

Among his accomplishments, Mihovich is most proud of the Supplemental Transport Ambulance Resources program (known as STAR car) that he worked to establish. He says this program will help to deliver better Emergency Medical Services to Milpitas residents, and quicken the time it takes to arrive at someoneÕs home.

One of the things that Mihovich loved most about his job?

ÒTo be able to create what I only had a vision of before. As a Battalion Chief, I wanted to do this and do that,Ó said Mihovich. ÒAnd once I became Chief, I realized I could do more. I just needed to secure funding and get things moving. The STAR Car was something in my mind for a long time but in my prior position, I couldnÕt do it. WeÕre probably six months out before that comes to completion.Ó

Mihovich started out as a Firefighter Mechanic back in 1980. After serving as Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, and Duty Chief, Mihovich, a San Francisco native, was promoted to Fire Chief in 2014.

When asked what heÕll miss most about his work, he immediately mentioned the ones who have served next to him for all these years. "I will miss the people most,Ó said Mihovich. ÒThe crews, the camaraderieÉ having a cup of coffee with friends in the morning.Ó

Mihovich plans to spend his retirement traveling, golfing, working on his house, and hanging out with friends. But he doesnÕt plan on slowing down anytime soon.

"IÕll be a busy guy. IÕm that type of person anyway,Ó said Mihovich. "I was super busy here [at the department], and when I go home, itÕll be no different. ItÕll just be a different set of things IÕll be working on.Ó

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