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Fire Chief Javier Mainar

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Javier Mainar was appointed Fire Chief for the City of San Diego on October 13, 2009 and confirmed by the City Council on October 19, 2009. He joined the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department as a fire fighter in 1980, and progressed through the ranks of the Department. He became the Assistant Chief of Support Services in 2006.

As the Assistant Fire Chief, Mainar was responsible for Logistics areas of the Department for all Fire, Emergency Medical and Lifeguard Services, including Personnel, Budget, Fleet, Facilities, Fire Prevention, Dispatch, and Information Technology Services.

Chief Mainar's former assignments were as firefighter through Battalion Chief in Operations; a supervising fire and bomb investigator with the Metro Arson Strike Team (MAST); Human Resources Officer; and Plans Officer for the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR). During the October 2007 wildfires, Mainar was the City's Incident Commander, directing the firefighting operations within the city in the largest wildfire in San Diego's history.

As Chief, he directs a department of more than 1200 firefighters, lifeguards, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and civilian personnel with a budget just under $200,000,000. His salary is approximately $166,000.

Mainar has an Associate degree in Fire Science from Miramar College and a B.A. in Public Administration from San Diego State University. In addition, Chief Mainar holds numerous fire service management certificates and certifications.

Chief Mainar may be contacted at the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Administrative Office.