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New CDF fire chief assumes command

The director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Ruben Grijalva has named Brad Harris as the new unit chief in charge of the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit.

“Chief Harris comes with 29 years of distinguished firefighting background under his belt,” Grijalva said. “He is a proven leader.”

The CDF Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit provides direct fire protection for approximately 880,000 acres of privately owned lands within the tri-county area. There are 29 fire stations, one conservation camp, one air attack base and an emergency dispatch center located within the unit. Chief Harris is the lead commander of approximately 886 employees.



As the new CDF unit chief, Harris said he is looking forward to “carrying on the high quality of a full service fire department” as well as “building new personal and professional relationships within the unit’s many communities.” Another area where he has strong opinions is firefighter safety. “The personal safety of firefighters will always be first and foremost in my mind,” he said.

Harris and Mary, his wife of 26 years, plan on making their home within the Higgins Corner area of Nevada County.


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