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Fire Chief Ray Navarro

Fire Chief Ray Navarro

Chief Navarro is a fourth generation Santa Barbarian, who attended Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Junior High and Santa Barbara High School. Prior to beginning his fire service, Ray served active duty as a Helicopter Flight Medic in the U.S. Army, and upon earning an honorable discharge he returned to college, completing an Associate Arts Degree, from Mt. San Antonio College and Bachelor's Degree from the California State University at Long Beach.

Chief Navarro's fire service career began in April 1981, as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Beverly Hills and rose through the ranks to Battalion Chief.  In 1985, Chief Navarro was appointed as the California State Firefighter's Association Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Committee Chair, which assisted in drafting of legislation to improve the safety and scope of practice for paramedics.  He was appointed to the State Commission of Emergency Medical Services by Governor George Deukmejian in 1990.

In 2009, Chief Navarro accepted the appointment as Division Chief for the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District and spent the next two years building relationships among the members of the district and community.  He accepted a position with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as Division Chief from 2011 to 2016.  As Duty Chief for Santa Barbara County Fire, he commanded numerous incidents including the Isla Vista Rampage in May of 2013.  Since that incident, he has made an impact by participating on FIRESCOPE Operations Team to develop a response to Active Shooter Incidents, and was a co-author in the writing a County-Wide Policy for Law Enforcement, Fire and AMS responding to these incidents using a unified command structure.

Ray acknowledges that none of these accomplishments could have been possible if it were not for the love and support from his wife, Paula of 37 years and adult children, Kendra, Matthew and Michael; along with the men and women he has served with in his career.