|In Tuesday night’s closed session, the Mayor and City Councilmembers approved the appointment of Boise, Idaho’s David Hanneman as Chula Vista Fire Chief. Hanneman, the Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal in Boise, is expected to assume his new position with the City of Chula Vista by mid November.
Hanneman has more than 24 years of firefighting and emergency medical services experience. Over the past 20 years, he worked his way up through the ranks of the City of Boise Fire Department, supervising 200 firefighters, overseeing a $15 million budget and managing 15 fire stations. As Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal, he manages the department’s fire prevention efforts. The 44-year old Hanneman also serves as the department’s Public Information Officer.
Chula Vista’s new Chief began his fire service career in 1984 as a volunteer firefighter/EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) with the Cole-Collister Fire District, located just outside Boise. Over the course of his career he’s been a firefighter, Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Chief.
In 2007, Hanneman earned a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Fire Service Technology from Boise State University. He graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in 2005. Chief Hanneman is an adjunct professor for Idaho State University’s Fire Service Administration degree program. Currently, he serves as a member of the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Professional Qualifications for Incident Management Teams and the International Fire Service Training Association Administrative Committee. He was designated by the Center for Public Safety Excellence as Chief Fire Officer.
As Chief of Chula Vista’s Fire Department, Hanneman will manage a $23 million budget and oversee a sworn staff of 117 members and nine fire stations.
Hanneman is originally from Montclair, California. He is married and has two teenage children, ages 16 and 18. In his off time, Chief Hanneman plays basketball and golf. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast.