Santa Barbara Appoints Interim Fire Chief

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The City of Santa Barbara has appointed Battalion Chief Chris Mailes as the interim fire chief of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

A native of Santa Barbara, Mailes has a political science degree from UC Santa Barbara and is a licensed paramedic.

He has served the Fire Department for 28 years and replaces Eric Nickel who took over the department in January 2019.

Mailes will fill the position for six months, while the City recruits for a permanent replacement.


Chris Mailes (courtesy photo)

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freediver Dec 03, 2020 07:33 AM
Santa Barbara Appoints Interim Fire Chief

Chris is an awesome guy. As one of the instructors of the EMT program Chris helped me obtain my certification. As a fire chief I’m sure he did not need to be in class at night away from his family but did this to help his community grow, he certainly knows his fire/medical stuff. Congratulations Chris.

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