Daniel R. Munsey, Fire Chief/Fire Warden
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Dan Munsey

Fire Chief / Fire Warden

Chief Munsey began his career in 1995 as a paid-call firefighter serving the community of Yucca Valley and quickly decided to a pursue a career as a full-time firefighter shortly thereafter. In 1998, Munsey joined our fire department as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. Since then, Chief Munsey has enjoyed a diverse career including executive leadership and management experiences in both the rural and metropolitan fire service communities which includes having worked in every division of San Bernardino County Fire.

Chief Munsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and holds multiple Incident Command System (ICS) certifications. Munsey has completed many specialized leadership-training courses, including the California Special Districts Association Leadership Academy and the San Bernardino County Management and Leadership Academy; a program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Chief Munsey is one of few fire chiefs in California who possesses a Center for Public Excellence Chief Fire Officer credential and a California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer certificate. Currently Chief Munsey is halfway through the four-year National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

In addition to Chief Munsey’s service to San Bernardino County, he is the president of the California Fire Chiefs Association Operations Section and is the chair of the International Fire Chiefs Association Technology Council Communications and Data section. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Agency Forum and has instructed dozens of Fire Service, NIMS, and Incident Command Systems courses throughout his career. Munsey enjoys speaking about his command experiences, leadership, and the use of emerging technology in the fire service at conferences around the nation.

Chief Munsey believes strongly in being active and involved in community service, ensuring department diversity, hiring from our communities, and working in collaboration with other agencies to ensure public safety. Dan Munsey became Fire Chief of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District on November 20, 2019.

Dan Munsey

Tom Marshall

Deputy Chief of Operations

Chief Marshall proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp prior to starting his fire service career in 1990. Marshall has over 29 years of experience in the fire service, starting off as a volunteer firefighter. He began his full-time career as a Firefighter with the Fort Irwin Fire Department, crossing over to County Fire as an Engineer in 1998. Since then, Marshall has worked his way through the ranks, promoting to Captain in 2001, Battalion Chief in 2014, Assistant Chief in 2016, and Deputy Chief of Operations in June 2020.

Chief Marshall has served in every division of the District and is familiar with the unique and diverse needs of the respective divisions. Marshall has served on the USAR team and has been proactive on numerous committees. He has served on a Type II Incident Management Team since 2002, responding to hundreds of large-scale emergency incidents.

Marshall is a qualified California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) instructor, holds CSFM Fire and Chief Officer certificates, possesses an associate degree in fire science, and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree.

Chief Marshall and his wife Amy have two grown children. In their leisure time, they enjoy boating, off-roading, travelling and spending quality time with their family.

Tom Marshall

Bertral Washington

Deputy Chief of Administration

Chief Bertal Washington is responsible for overseeing the department’s planning and accreditation, training and safety, emergency medical services, support (vehicle and warehouse) services, and community risk reduction efforts.

Chief Washington comes to the Fire District with over 25 years of experience in the fire service. Chief Washington served as the Fire Chief for the City of Pasadena for over five years, starting in December 2014. Previously, Chief Washington served as the Fire Chief of Clark County Fire Department (Nevada) and has 16 years’ experience in the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Department from the rank of Firefighter Paramedic to Assistant Fire Chief. He has also served as a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Chief Washington has a strong educational background which includes a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, an Associate degree in Fire Science Management, and is a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s, John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Chief Washington has achieved the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Chief Washington and his wife Cheri have two children; Chandler and Blaire. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing golf, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Bertral Washington

Cory Nelson

Deputy Chief of Business Operations

Deputy Chief Nelson proudly joined the County of San Bernardino in December 2012 where she began as an Administrative Analyst for the County Administrative Office. She has been assigned various departments throughout her years of service, which have included Finance and Administration, County Administrative Office, Assessor, Auditor Controller/Treasurer/Tax Collector, Fleet, Public Works, Special Districts, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Health Administration, and Countywide Realignment. She also served as the Innovation and Technology Department’s Chief Finance Officer prior to joining County Fire.

Cory earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and has a Master’s in Public Administration from California State University San Bernardino. She completed the County’s Management Leadership Academy Executive Development Program, the California State Association of Counties Senior Executive Credential Program, and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership Regional Leadership Academy.

Cory and her husband Randy have raised twin daughters. In her leisure time, she loves to travel and explore the world, snorkel, scuba dive, attend musical theatre, and spend time with her family.

Jeff Birchfield

Assistant Chief, Division 1 (West Valley)

 Assistant Chief Birchfield is responsible for rescue operations, fire and emergency medical response in the Valley region; a region that encompasses the western half of the San Bernardino Valley.

Birchfield began his fire service career in 1991 as a paid-call firefighter for Station 37 in Mountain View Acres. He worked as a seasonal firefighter for the Bureau of Land Management on helicopter crew 554 in 1992, and then worked as a firefighter at Ft. Irwin Fire Department prior to coming to County Fire as an Engineer.

In 2000, Birchfield accepted a position with Redondo Beach Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic. In 2005 he returned to County Fire and spent the next eight years as a Captain assigned to various stations throughout the county including the Training Division. In 2013, Birchfield promoted to Battalion Chief assigned to Division 2 where he has helped secure additional grant funds for the department, performed as an expert witness on multiple cases involving vehicle collisions, and sits as Vice Chair on the FIRESCOPE Task Force

Throughout his career, Assistant Chief Birchfield has actively pursued higher education and training. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management from Azusa Pacific University and graduated from the County’s Management Leadership Academy in 2012.

Jeff resides in Upland with his wife and two children. He enjoys traveling, boating, and golf when he’s not watching his children at their events.

Jeff Birchfield

Dan Mejia

Assistant Chief, Division 2 (East Valley)

Assistant Chief Dan Mejia is responsible for fire, rescue and emergency medical response in the East Valley region; a region that encompasses the eastern half of the San Bernardino Valley.

Mejia began his fire service career in 1987 as a firefighter in Lake Arrowhead Fire District. In his 32 years, he was worked in all suppression divisions of County Fire. He promoted to Captain in 2000 and was assigned to the Richard Sewell Training Center; where he was responsible for promotional testing and training new recruits. Mejia worked nine years in Fontana before promoting to Battalion Chief in 2013 and Assistant Chief in 2017.

Assistant Chief Mejia holds an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from Crafton Hills College. He attended the County’s Management Leadership Academy in 2011. He was a member of the Urban Search and Rescue Team until 2013.

Dan Mejia

Kathleen Opliger

Assistant Chief, Division 3 (Mountain)

Assistant Chief Opliger’s fire service career began in 1988, when serving as a Paid-Call Firefighter with the Idyllwild Fire Protection District. In 1989, she went to work for the U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino National Forest, where she served for 17 years, working her way up through each of the ranks from Hotshot Crew Firefighter to Engine Captain, concluding her forest service career as an Interim Battalion Chief position serving in both Operations and Training.

In 2005, Chief Opliger came to work for the San Bernardino County Fire Department as a Battalion Chief, serving Division 1 (Valley) and Division 4 (South Desert region).  She promoted to Assistant Chief in 2013, overseeing Division 3 (Mountain region).  In March of 2019, Chief Opliger took on the  interim Deputy Chief of Operations role for 15 months.

For more than a decade, Chief Opliger participated on both Type 1 and 2 Incident Management Teams (IMT) as a Division Supervisor, Operations Branch Director, and Operations Section Chief. During this assignment, she responded to many large and devastating wildfires and all-risk incidents throughout the U.S. and Canada, most notably to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Chief Opliger serves as the Incident Commander of the department’s IMT.  Under her command, the IMT led the County’s region-wide Covid-19 response; representing 25 Fire & EMS agencies to ensure uninterrupted fire and EMS service delivery county-wide.

Chief Opliger lives in Yucaipa with her husband Rocky and their three Labradors. Kathleen and Rocky have two grown children, Brandon, who is a firefighter with the Orange County Fire Authority and Erin, who serves the department as our GIS Specialist. Kathleen & Rocky enjoy spending time on their fishing boat out of Mission Bay, and in Lake Havasu City boating, water skiing, and fishing.

Kathleen Opliger

Scott Tuttle

Assistant Chief, Division 4 (South Desert)

Assistant Chief Scott Tuttle is responsible for fire, rescue and emergency medical service in the South Desert region which encompasses the City of Needles, the Town of Yucca Valley, City of Twentynine Palms and the seven unincorporated areas of the eastern edge of the county. Chief Tuttle has lived in Yucca Valley for over 30 years and has worked in the South Desert region for most of his 26-year career.

Chief Tuttle began his career with San Bernardino County Fire in 1994 as a Firefighter Paramedic. Tuttle progressed through the ranks, promoting to Captain in 2007 and Battalion Chief in 2015. Chief Tuttle has worked throughout the county, proudly serving the citizens of San Bernardino County and its visitors. He has been an active member of the department’s Hazardous Material team and has managed the program since 2015. The program has evolved under his leadership and was one of twelve Hazmat teams statewide to receive a CalOES Type II Hazmat vehicle.

Chief Tuttle has an associate degree in Fire Technology and has earned numerous certifications. Tuttle has served on several committees, is the CERT liaison and an active member of the San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums.

Chief Tuttle and wife Lori have made their home in Yucca Valley. Their daughter Madison attends San Diego State University. In his free time Chief Tuttle enjoys hiking, sailing and travelling.

Scott Tuttle

Dave Corbin

Assistant Chief, Division 5 (North Desert)

Assistant Chief Corbin is responsible for rescue operations, fire and emergency medical response in the North Desert region.

Chief Corbin began his career in the fire service in 1989 with the Upland Fire Department, promoting through the ranks from Firefighter to Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief of Operations, and Interim Fire Chief. From 2014 through 2016 Upland and Montclair Fire Departments merged command staff with Chief Corbin serving as Deputy Chief of Operations and Interim Chief of both departments.

Chief Corbin came to County Fire as part of the Upland annexation in July 2017 and served as a Captain in the City of Fontana prior to being promoted to Division Chief of Administration in December 2017. He has been a Hazardous Materials Specialist since 1991, holds a State of California Chief Officer Certification, and is a 2019 graduate of the County’s Management-Leadership Academy – Executive Development Program.

Corbin and his wife Kathy reside in Corona and have raised three children: daughter Caitlin and twin sons Josh and Jake.

Dave Corbin

Grant Hubbell

Assistant Chief, Division 11 (Training & Safety)

 Assistant Chief Grant Hubbell is responsible for overseeing the Training and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division, as well as several special projects.

Chief Hubbell joined the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District on July 1, 2016 as part of the San Bernardino City Fire Department annexation. Chief Hubbell began his fire service career in October 1992 when he was appointed to the San Bernardino City Fire Department as a Firefighter Paramedic. He progressed through the ranks, promoting to Fire Captain in 2003, Battalion Chief in 2014, and Division Chief in 2020.

Chief Hubbell responded to the December 2, 2015 mass shooting/terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center (IRC) in the City of San Bernardino. He served as the initial Fire Department Incident Commander and directed the strategic and tactical response to the emergency. Chief Hubbell was awarded a Resolution from the California State Legislature commending him for his efforts during the response.

Chief Hubbell has a Master of Science degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Executive Fire Leadership and Disaster Preparedness, a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety, and an Associate degree in Fire Service Leadership. Chief Hubbell also holds numerous certifications in fire studies and has completed the County’s Management Leadership Academy – Executive Development Program as well as the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy.

Grant Hubbell

Mike Horton

Fire Marshal, Division 12 (Office of the Fire Marshal)

Fire Marshal Mike Horton is responsible for the Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials CUPA Program and Household Hazardous Waste divisions within San Bernardino County Fire; which encompasses the entire unincorporated San Bernardino County Fire Protection District area including several contract cities and districts. Assigned to the Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM), Horton leads an office that provides oversight and implementation of all regulatory inspection and planning programs, public education and special events, manages the CUPA for the entire county and the cities within, provides emergency response to Haz-Mat related incidents, and conducts fire investigations.

Fire Marshal Horton began his fire service career as a Firefighter with the City of Norco Fire Department in 1980. He promoted to the position of Captain in 1985 with the State of California and eventually to Chief Officer in 1999 after relocating to the bay area in San Jose. In 2001 Mike returned to Riverside County Fire Department accepting a position with the City of Temecula in Fire Prevention. In 2006, Mike became the Deputy Fire Marshal of the Community Safety Division for San Bernardino County Fire Department. Horton continues to be the Lead Fire Service Ladder Instructor for Crafton Hills Fire Academy and has taught ladders for over 13 years.

Horton holds several California State Fire Marshal certifications. He has completed two levels of the County’s Management Leadership Academy including the management development program in 2009 and the executive development program in 2011.

Mike Horton