Cameron Park Life

Cameron Park man leads Cal Fire’s northern region

By December 30, 2010

Chief Bill Holmes

Chief Bill Holmes

Acting Cal Fire Director Chief Ken Pimlott recently announced the appointment of Cameron Park resident Bill Holmes as the agency’s Northern Region chief.

“The decision to promote and leave AEU after seven and a half years was not an easy one. I still feel like I just got here and am full of ideas for the Unit,” Holmes said. “It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve the people of the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento, Alpine and San Joaquin. This has been one of the highlights of my career.”

Holmes started his career with Cal Fire as a seasonal firefighter in 1969 while attending college. He worked his way up through the ranks to the position of unit chief for the Amador-El Dorado Unit.

Holmes is a certified chief officer in Cal Fire and with the State Fire Marshal. He is a qualified national incident commander, operations section chief and agency administrator having served on major incidents throughout California, Wyoming, Montana and Oregon. In 2007 Chief Holmes co-chaired the Branding Committee that developed and recommended the new Cal Fire logo.

As the Cal Fire Northern Region Chief, Holmes will oversee 12 units from the Oregon border to the Bay Area.

Special to Village Life

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