Welcome and Introduction
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Chief Meston uses his extensive experience over his career and during the current public health crisis to reflect on lessons learned by the importance of maintaining strong communications with all; the importance and effectiveness of the Incident Command System, even if you are not the one “in charge;” intelligence gathering not being just for law enforcement, how the fire service needs and can use accurate data; realizing that every statistic is a person with impact on others; the strengths and contributions of the National Guard in serving local communities and states; and, credibility and trust—the power of a fire truck, badge and uniform to effectively serve a community.
Finally, Chief Meston looks back to the future with lessons learned from the last Great Depression and how sorrow accompanies opportunity to improve your agency’s service delivery. Pushed to the breaking point, we care for our communities while rising to the challenge of caring for our own.
Jeff Meston is the current Executive Director of the California State Firefighters Association and a past President of the California Fire Chiefs Association. He is a 43 year plus veteran of the fire service working for the City of Madera Fire Department, Novato Fire District and the City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a California Certified Fire Chief & National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer. He has served as President of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Associations and Lake Tahoe Regional Fire Chiefs Associations. Meston has served as a course developer and instructor at the National Fire Academy and the California Fire Service Training and Education System. Meston recently retired and has served as the Acting City Manager for South Lake Tahoe as well as its fire chief. Meston also served on the Board of Directors for FIRESCOPE, representing City’s North. He currently is assigned as a Deputy Chief working for CalOES Fire/Rescue as a liaison between the Emergency Medical Service Authority and CalOES Fire/Rescue during the COVID19 pandemic.