June 26, 2012 > Fremont Fire Chief Bruce Martin to Retire
Fremont Fire Chief Bruce Martin to Retire
Submitted By Captain Steve Silva, Fremont FD
Fire Chief Bruce Martin, a 34-year veteran of the fire service as well as Fremont's fire chief for the past seven years, has retired. His last day was June 20.
Chief Martin's long and distinguished career spans over three decades and six fire departments. He began his career in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter. At that time, engines did not have roofs, radios only had two to four channels, and firefighters had to memorize streets and hydrant locations. Nowadays, enclosed cabs, seat belts for everyone, radios with 142 channels, and mobile data computers for all the routing, address, and hydrant locations are the norm.
The City of Fremont Fire Department has had many accomplishments under Chief Martin's leadership, including building three new replacement fire stations, performing major remodels on three more, and seismically upgrading the rest as part of the Fire Safety Bond, passed by Fremont voters in 2002. The department has also retooled the entire apparatus fleet, updated codes and ordinances, built training teams, created a Special Operations Task Force, and implemented a SWAT tactical Paramedic position.
"The Fremont Fire Department was ready for the stability that Bruce brought to our organization," said City Manager Fred Diaz. "His quiet and thoughtful leadership style has been a true asset to the City organization. He will truly be missed." Diaz added, "The entire Fremont community will enjoy the benefits for years to come of Bruce Martin's accomplishments while serving as our Fire Chief."
"After 34 years, I look back with pride and appreciation for the people and organizations with whom I've worked," said Fire Chief Bruce Martin. "In Fremont, I leave behind a professional and mission-driven fire department."
Chief Martin is proud of the participative atmosphere that energized the organization throughout his tenure with the Fremont Fire Department. Upon retirement, he plans to continue teaching at the College of San Mateo and Cogswell Polytechnic University, as well as vacationing and enjoying time with his family.
Fremont Fire Deputy Chief Geoff LaTendresse has been appointed Interim Fire Chief. His first day as Fremont's Interim Fire Chief is June 21.