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Message From Fire Chief Dave LaPere

     Welcome to the Porterville City Fire Department webpage! It is an honor to serve our community as your Fire Chief. I encourage you to review the documents and postings here as we strive to be transparent about our actions and efforts to mitigate threats to public safety within our community.

     Our Fire Department is steeped in a tradition of service, dating back to 1890. Past generations have paved a foundation through self-sacrifice, passing on their knowledge to the current  generation. We honor our past, embrace our present, and cast vision for the Department’s future.

     The men and women that serve our Department are bound by a commitment to help all those in need and constantly pursue ways to enhance our services to the public. Each day, the Department grows stronger through innovation and our commitment to train both our minds and bodies. Every firefighter is in a constant state of readiness, prepared for the next call no matter how big or small.

     As a 28- year veteran of the fire service, I am proud to lead such a diverse group of firefighters. Together, we worked to establish a new mission statement for the Department: “To safeguard and put duty above all.” This statement, while brief, holds a promise to the public and our way of life in the fire service. We stand together at the ready; with leadership, integrity, vision, trust, compassion, and professionalism, to bring about a positive outcome for everyone in their time of need.

Dave LaPere
Fire Chief


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