Tim Fike, former fire chief of Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, was honored by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors during Tuesday’s regular meeting.
Fike was not in attendance for the ceremony as he was away as part of an incident command team fighting a wildland fire, said Supervisor Hank Weston. A smattering of regional firefighting dignitaries accepted the award on Fike’s behalf.
“Recognized by his peers as a brilliant tactical firefighter, Tim began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1982, and then joined the U.S. Forest Service as a Hot Shot firefighter for the El Dorado National Forest,” Weston read from a proclamation during the meeting.
“He served as chief of the Watt Park Fire Protection District, before it was merged into the Consolidated Fire District in 1998 and was appointed fire chief. Since then, Tim saw his staff more than double and successfully maintained an effective, state-of-the-art firefighting organization.”
Weston also praised Fike for acquiring grant money that helped obtain “$2 million worth of critical life safety items and training facilities.”
Fike was dedicated to community service, the proclamation read, dedicating time to the Domestic Violence Coalition, the Nevada County Fire Safe Council and a variety of emergency service-related organizations.
“It’s just awesome to see him being appreciated by the board and the community for the services he provided to the community of Nevada County,” said Consolidated Division Chief David Ray. “I miss him.”
While the proclamation congratulated Fike on his “retirement,” Fike filed retirement papers two days after he allegedly assaulted Consolidated engine mechanic Kevin Greene in the engine bay of Station 84 and one day after he learned Greene and other members of Local 3800 Union filed a report with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office over the incident.
Fike was then placed on administrative leave for nearly three months before the Consolidated board of directors voted 6-1 to award Fike a $75,000 severance package.
Even Fike’s critics conceded he was a “brilliant tactical firefighter,” and the former Consolidated chief has played an instrumental role in fighting several major wildland fires in Northern California this summer.
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