Leadership

Names in the News

Issue 4 and Volume 133.

Names in the News departments Downs Retires Chief Carl M. Downs retired Dec. 24 as Chief of the California Department of Forestry/Orange County Fire Department. Upon his retirement, Chief Downs was retained by the County of Orange as a Consultant/Director of Orange County’s Fire Program to oversee the orderly transition of fire protection and paramedic services from the CDF to the local level. The state-county cooperative fire protection contract will terminate June 30, 1980. Chief Downs, who is now in his 38th year in the fire service, began his fire career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1941. He spent 3 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy during World War II in shipboard fire fighting and damage control. His employment with the California Department of Forestry/Orange County Fire Department began in 1951. He progressed up through the ranks and was named Deputy Chief in 1957, and was appointed Chief of…

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