City Gets New Fire Marshal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2000
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Robert O'Donnell, Fire Chief, City of Daly City
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DALY CITY GETS NEW FIRE MARSHAL
Daly 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 zone designation.

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 three children.