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Welcome to the Chula Vista Fire Department

Dave Hanneman

Dave Hanneman

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

Dave Hanneman was appointed Chief of the Chula Vista Fire Department on November 3, 2008. Chief Hanneman was raised in Southern California and moved to Idaho at the age of 19.  Chief Hanneman joined the Cole-Collister Fire District in 1984 as a paid on-call Firefighter and was hired with the Boise, Idaho Fire Department in 1988. Chief Hanneman rose through the ranks in the Boise Fire Department and after 20 years retired as Deputy Chief/ Fire Marshal.

Chief Hanneman is a member of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and has contributed in a number of training publications and articles. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on Incident Management Teams.  Chief Hanneman has been an Adjunct Professor with Idaho State University teaching in the Fire Service Administration program.

Chief Hanneman holds an Associate and Bachelor Degree in Fire Service Technology from Boise State University. In 2008, Chief Hanneman was designated as Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Hanneman is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Professional Technical Education.

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