EDH resident named new Cal Fire division chief
CAMINO — Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire recently announced the promotion of Battalion Chief Brian Estes, of El Dorado Hills, as his new assistant chief in charge of Southern Division Operations and Pine Grove Camp.
“It was an honor that I had the opportunity to pin newly promoted Assistant Chief Brian Estes with his Division Chief badge yesterday,” Kennan said on March 2. “Chief Estes brings many years of valuable experience, both locally and at the state level, to his new duties as AEU’s Amador County Division Chief. Chief Estes embodies Cal Fire’s ability to develop and recruit future leaders for the Department.”
Estes began his fire service career in 1989 working as a USFS firefighter on hand crews and helitack crews. In 1993 he was hired by Cal Fire as a firefighter in the San Diego Unit. In 1995 he moved to the Tuolumne Calaveras Unit and worked as a helitack firefighter on a Cal Fire helicopter until promoting to fire apparatus engineer in Amador County in 1998.
Chief Estes promoted to fire captain B in El Dorado County at Growlersburg Conservation Camp in 2001. He transferred to the unit’s Training Bureau in 2003 as a fire captain and promoted to the Training Bureau battalion chief in 2006. In 2008 Estes moved into a field battalion and supervised AEU’s Battalion 1 encompassing El Dorado and Camino Stations including AEU headquarters.
Estes has extensive Cal Fire Incident Command Team experience as a Type I operations section chief with Incident Command Teams 1 and 10. He is currently the incident commander trainee for ICT 5. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico, and lives in El Dorado Hills with his wife Kelly and daughter Peyton.