Turner Robitaille

Retiring Nevada County Consolidated Fire District Chief Jim Turner (left) passes transfer of command to Jason Robitaille who took his place in November. The transfer included the passing of the speaking trumpet, a symbolic gesture and symbol in fire service.

The Nevada County Consolidated Fire District welcomed a new fire chief in November, bringing on Jason Robitaille to fill the position vacated by 37-year veteran Jim Turner.

Robitaille comes to the district with extensive experience in firefighting, having served the past five years as chief in Heber Springs, Arkansas. Before that, he spent the majority of his life in Calaveras County, and leapt at the chance to come back to California and carry his skills over to a new, but familiar position.

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