Robert O'Donnell, Fire Chief, City of Daly City
DALY CITY GETS NEW
City – David
Dewey is Daly City's new Fire Marshal, announced
Fire Chief Robert O'Donnell.
Dewey, 50, has served as a Safety Inspector for
the Daly City Fire Department since March 1996.
His most recent assignments include coordinating
the department's Public Education programs such
as the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training,
and directing the Vegetation Management Program.
When the California Department of Forestry (CDF)
rated the Southern Hills area as "very high fire
hazard severity zone", Dewey was one of the key
DCFD personnel to coordinate efforts to cut and
remove the overgrown vegetation and gorse problem
in the affected area. Working with the neighborhood
association and residents as well as the CDF the
past few years, the DCFD team was successful in
addressing the problem. Earlier this year, the
state agency re-classified Southern Hills as "low
hazard zone", resulting in lower insurance premiums
for most area residents. Daly City is the first
jurisdiction in the state able to change its severity
Prior to coming to Daly City, Dewey was with the
Lawrence Berkeley Lab Fire Department for eight
years. He recently received his Bachelor of Science
degree with honors from Cogswell Polytechnical
College, and holds a Fire Prevention III certificate,
the state's highest level of certification.
As Fire Marshal, Dewey will lead a staff of four
Safety Inspectors and a Fire Prevention Technician
in the Fire Prevention Division, one of four divisions
in DCFD. Dewey's new responsibilities include
supervising fire safety inspections of businesses
and apartment buildings, reviewing plans for new
constructions and remodels as well as fire investigation,
public education and vegetation management.
Dewey has served as Acting Fire Marshal since
the retirement of Fire Marshal Ed Saiz after a
38-year career in the fire service last June.
Dewey's appointment became effective July 21st.
Dewey resides in Burlingame with wife Jeanne and