Governor Gavin Newsom announces the appointment of the new Director (Chief) of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (“CAL FIRE”):
Joseph (Joe) Tyler, 50, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, where he has been Deputy Director of Fire Protection Programs since 2017 and has served in several positions since 1991, including Assistant Deputy Director of Fire Protection Programs, Staff Chief, Assistant Chief, Battalion Chief, Fire Captain, Paramedic, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Fighter II and Fire Fighter I. He was a Paramedic at North Valley Ambulance/American Medical Response from 1994 to 1997. This position requires Senate confirmation. Tyler is registered without party preference.
Chief Tyler takes the place of former CAL FIRE Chief Thom Porter, who retired in December of 2021.
Associated California Loggers leadership will be meeting with Chief Tyler soon, and ACL looks forward to working with him in 2022 and beyond.