Fire Chief Gary Fredericksen

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Fire Chief Gary Fredericksen joined Yocha Dehe Fire Department (YDFD) in 2012. Prior to joining YDFD, Fredericksen was Division Chief for the West Sacramento Fire Department in charge of Operations and Administration and oversaw an $11.5 million budget with 60 line and seven administrative personnel. At YDFD, Fredericksen commands 32 uniformed personnel, three full-time administrative employees and a full complement of fire suppression, emergency response and rescue equipment.

Over the past four years under Fredericksen’s command, the department has received reaccreditation from Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The department constructed a new three-story training tower which has is designed to replicate actual fire and rescue conditions, rappelling and has a high-rise water sprinkler (standpipe) operations.

Fredericksen has served as chair of the Yolo Emergency Communications Agency (YECA) Board, which he played a vital role in securing a 1.5 million dollar communications grant, which assisted in the purchase of a new computerized automatic dispatch system.

Over the past three years, Chief Fredericksen has been instrumental in creating and establishing the Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency which is responsible for reducing ambulance response times throughout Yolo County. Fredericksen is the Chair of the Yolo County Fire Chiefs Association and is currently serving as the Yolo County Fire/Rescue Mutual Aid Coordinator for California Office of Emergency Service. In addition, he serves as the Secretary for the California Tribal Fire Chiefs Association.