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Posted on: March 24, 2016



Anaheim Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman recently announced the appointment of Rusty Coffelt to Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal of the agency’s Community Risk Reduction Division. Deputy Chief Coffelt is responsible for four principal sections including Life Safety, Community Risk Reduction, Hazardous Materials Management and Support Staff.

“The role of Fire Marshal is extremely important, especially to an international destination such as our city,” said Fire Chief Randy Bruegman. “Deputy Chief Coffelt has the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to promote a safe environment that enhances the safety for our residents and guests.”

Deputy Chief Coffelt joined Anaheim Fire & Rescue in 1988 as a firefighter, and over the past 28 years has served the department as a Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief of Support Services prior to his recent promotion as Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal. In addition, Deputy Chief Coffelt is a Certified Chief Officer as designated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office, a licensed Paramedic, a Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, and an Associate Instructor in Fire Technology and Basic Fire Academy at Santa Ana College.

“It is a privilege to serve as Anaheim’s Fire Marshal and lead the Community Risk Reduction team,” stated Deputy Chief Coffelt. “Our role in the community goes beyond building inspections, issuance of permits and fire code enforcement. Equally important is our community engagement programs to help protect our public from the devastation of a fire and other preventable events.”

Also announced were the promotions of Allen Hogue to Deputy Fire Marshal, Gary Blevins to Assistant Fire Marshal for Hazardous Materials Section, and the addition of Administrative Analyst Elsa Covarrubias who will be responsible for the community engagement and public education programs for Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

Reporting to Deputy Chief Coffelt, Deputy Fire Marshal Hogue has served with Anaheim Fire & Rescue since 1991 and prior to his promotion, he served as Interim Fire Marshal following the retirement of Fire Marshal Jeff Lutz. Hogue was promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal in 2013 after serving as Fire Inspector since 1995.

“Deputy Fire Marshal Hogue has been involved in several of Anaheim’s major projects including the Anaheim Convention Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Honda Center and Disney California Adventure,” said Deputy Chief Coffelt. “His construction expertise combined with his knowledge of hazardous material management makes Allen a great asset to this team.”

Assistant Fire Marshal Blevins joined Anaheim Fire & Rescue in 2007 as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and joined the Fire Investigations Unit in 2013 prior to being promoted to supervise the Hazardous Materials Section which is primarily responsible for regulatory inspections and enforcement of facilities and incidents involving hazardous materials and waste.

Elsa Covarrubias joined the City of Anaheim in 2008 as a Plan Check Coordinator for the City’s Building Department, and most recently she served as a Resource Efficiency Advisor for Anaheim Public Utilities responsible for community engagement and public education. She will join Anaheim Fire & Rescue on March 25.

“I have the privilege of working with an experienced team of fire service professionals,” said Deputy Chief Coffelt. “These promotions reflect the talent and knowledge found in our Community Risk Reduction Division team.”

Anaheim Fire & Rescue is an accredited fire agency by the Center of Public Safety Excellence administered by The Commission of Fire Accreditation International which demonstrates a true commitment of continuous improvement serving the city of Anaheim efficiently while providing a safe work environment for all fire personnel. Anaheim Fire & Rescue is one of 216 fire agencies internationally with only 16 agencies accredited in California. The department also received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) Class 1 designation in their Public Protection Classification (PPC) Program which gauges the fire protection capability of a local fire department in response to structure fires. This rating is the highest mark for a municipality. Anaheim joins a select group of 178 cities nationally and 19 in California to carry a Class 1 rating, and is one of 33 agencies nationally that have achieved both.

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