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Templeton’s interim fire chief resigns 

-Special from the Soaring Eagle Press-

Steven Negro

Steven Negro

Templeton’s interim fire chief, Steve Negro, resigned for personal reasons on April 24. According to Templeton Community Services District General Manager Jeff Briltz, “It had become clear that a number of unforeseen changes in Chief Negro’s personal and family life have made it difficult for him to provide as much time and energy – without a lot of distractions – to the Fire Department as he believes it deserves.” There were also limitations that are placed on retired annuitants working as an Interim that played a role.

Captain/Training Officer Brandon Wall has been appointed Acting Fire Chief until the District either brings on another Interim Chief or hires a full-time Chief.

Four new recruits recently began training with the Templeton Fire Department (TFD). All four recruits live in the North County and three live in Templeton. One of the new recruits just graduated from Alan Hancock Firefighter I Academy on May 16th.

The Templeton Fire Department (TFD) responded to 49 calls in April and as of May 14 had responded to 24 calls this month. Monthly call averages have been going up from an average of 46 calls per month in 2011 to an average of 61 calls per month so far in 2014.


Fire Department’s Training Facility update

Work continues on the Fire Department’s Training Facility located on the District’s Creekside property. According to a recent report by Acting Fire Chief Brandon Wall, TFD hopes to have the recently completed work signed off by the county, and then begin the next phase which includes installing doors, windows, and two interior stairwells. The training facility will help keep Templeton’s Firefighters structure fire skills sharp.

Upcoming Templeton Fire events

On Tuesday, May 27th a Training Drill is scheduled. On June 6-7th TFD will train using 6 portable classrooms donated by the Templeton Unified School District (TUSD). Then on June 14th, TFD will hold its Annual Car Wash at the Fire Station Fundraiser followed by many of the firefighters and their families participating in the Relay For Life on June 21-22. And of course – the big event of each year – TFD will hold its Annual July 4th Pancake Breakfast before the Parade on Independence Day. For more information on these events, stay tuned to the Soaring Eagle Press Bulletin Board Updates or visit TFD’s website.