Firefighting, Leadership

New Fire Chief Named for Fresno (CA) Fire Department

Kerri Donis, an 18-year veteran who has been interim chief of the Fresno (CA)  Fire Department since June, has been named the department’s new chief.

The announcement was made at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Fresno Bee (

Donis replaces Rob Brown, who resigned as Fresno fire chief on August 6, just over a year into the job and nearly two months after he was arrested in a domestic violence incident.

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