Welcome to the Chula Vista Fire Department
Thank you for visiting the Chula Vista Fire Department website and your interest in our organization.
The Chula Vista Fire Department was founded in 1921 and transformed from a small volunteer department to the professional group of career firefighters it is today. The Department takes pride in its ability to serve the needs of the community. Each day, our citizens call upon our 120 firefighters to respond to a variety of emergencies including medical emergencies, structure fires, technical rescues, hazardous material incidents, and vehicle accidents. Fire Prevention and Education also play a major role in our service to the Community of Chula Vista.
Please visit our site often for press releases, public safety information, recruitment, and upcoming events. Please contact myself or members of my Senior Staff with any concerns or suggestions.
About the Chief
Jim Geering was named Acting Fire Chief on September 5, 2014. Geering has spent his entire 29-year career with the Chula Vista Fire Department. He has held nearly every rank and position starting with Fire Fighter and including positions such as Fire Engineer, Training Captain, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, and Interim Fire Chief (in 2008).
Geering has been designated a Certified Fire Chief by the California State Fire Marshal. He was a founding member of the Chula Vista Firefighter's Foundation and of the countywide Firefighters Advisory Council to the Burn Institute. Geering earned a degree in Emergency Management from California State University, Long Beach.
He has been active in the local community including as a Board Member of the Chula Vista Boys and Girls Club and as a youth baseball coach. He was born and raised in Chula Vista and lives here with his wife and four daughters.