Richard J. Edwards was selected as the 18th City of Stockton Fire Chief in December 2019. Chief Edwards began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1995 with the Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Protection District. He became a professional firefighter with the Georgetown Fire District in 1998 and later worked for the City of Folsom as a Firefighter Paramedic before coming to the City of Stockton in the year 2000.
Edwards holds an Associate's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Emergency Management. He is currently enrolled in a Master's program, studying Organizational Leadership and Public Administration. Chief Edwards also holds certification as a Chief Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Paramedic, and Emergency Management Specialist.
Chief Edwards oversees the Stockton Fire Departments' $57 million budget and 218 employees from Operations, Administration, Fire Prevention, Emergency Communications, and Training.
Chief Edwards is proud to lead an outstanding Fire Department and is committed to providing the best services to the community while ensuring his personnel has the tools and training necessary for long and healthy careers.
The Stockton Fire Department is committed to providing excellent emergency and non-emergency customer service - ensuring a safe community through public education, prevention, and aggressive suppression and rescue activities.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 11/8/2022