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Administrative Office
Monterey Fire Department
610 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Administrative Office: (831) 646-3900
Fax: (831) 646-3723
Non-Emergency: (831) 646-3914

Chief PanholzerGaudenz Panholzer is the 12th Monterey Fire Chief since 1890. Panholzer leads a fire department that serves the cities of Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Sand City, as well as the Presidio of Monterey, Naval Postgraduate School and La Mesa Village. The department operates five fire stations and employs 77 people.

Panholzer lives in Carmel and has strong ties to the local community. His career in the fire service began at the Carmel Highlands Fire District in 1977. In addition to his strong field experience, Chief Panholzer has a background in fire training at Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College, Cabrillo College and the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium. He also has served as Director of the Monterey County Regional Fire District since 2008.

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Assistant Chief Jim Courtney

Assistant Fire Chief
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Div. Chief Stewart Roth

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Div Chief Felix Colello

Division Chief - Operations
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Div Chief Jim Brown

Division Chief - Operations
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