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Ken Baker, has held many important positions in Nevada County

"We listen with a very attentive ear to their needs, to what they can't get accomplished. We budget and are frugal and careful with the money, to get the biggest bang for the dollars that we can. We don't show preferences, we look at everyone's needs," Baker said.

For Ken Baker, being a former Fire Chief for the volunteer fire department in Nevada City carries on a family tradition. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all Nevada City Fire Chiefs, making Baker the 4th generation to have held that post.

Baker, who is a Land Surveyor and partner with Nevada City Engineering, now sits on the board of the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council.

Baker speaks about how the council chooses which projects to fund from the money it raises. “We listen with a very attentive ear to their needs, to what they can’t get accomplished. We budget and are frugal and careful with the money, to get the biggest bang for the dollars that we can. We don’t show preferences, we look at everyone’s needs,” Baker said.

“The ‘Guns and Hoses’ and Red Light Ball are our two main fundraisers. We can provide funds for equipment, which can help with constrained budgets. We also put on a picnic day for the families of all the fire and police that is a lot of fun,” he said.

“The Nevada City Fire Department still relies on a volunteer force to enhance the paid force of three to four full-time fire fighters. That’s a good reason to support them,” Baker said.

“We’re looking into getting a camera that looks through smoke. Also a back- board, a first aid tool for the fire and ambulance services,” he said.

Baker was born and raised here, is married, with three grown children and five grandchildren, all in the area.

“It’s great that my kids all came back to Nevada County and can make a living here. It’s a great community,” Baker said.