North San Juan Fire Chief honored |

North San Juan Fire Chief honored

On Tuesday, friends and fire officials crowded the board chambers of the Eric Rood Center to show support for North San Juan Fire Chief Boyd Johnson who has announced he will retire in December.

After serving his community for 20 years, Johnson was honored during a small ceremony at the board of supervisors meeting.

Johnson signed up as a volunteer at the fire department after the 49er Fire roared through his community twenty years ago.

Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the 49er Fire.

Boyd is the longest running fire chief in the North San Juan Fire Department’s history. The fire department was formed in 1862.

From 1988 to 1995 Johnson worked as a volunteer firefighter. The department has grown from 12 to 25 firefighters and has acquired a new fire station and three new engines since that time.

Response time to emergency calls has been shortened to nine minutes in the 70 square mile district during Johnson’s tenure.

Although he will no longer serve as chief, Johnson will continue to volunteer, he said.

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