Keith Larkin, who has served as chief of Cal Fire's Fresno-Kings Unit and the Fresno County Fire Protection District since 2007, is moving to Redding for a promotion to assistant Northern Region chief for Cal Fire.
The promotion for Larkin, 57, became effective Dec. 1.
Larkin's role as chief in the unit headquarters in Sanger will be filled on an interim basis by division chief Mark A. Johnson until a permanent hire is made, likely next spring.
Larkin began his career with the California Division of Forestry, now Cal Fire, in 1974 in Redding. "I was a seasonal firefighter right out of college, riding on the back of a fire engine," he said. The promotion, overseeing six Cal Fire units from Sacramento north to the Oregon border, "takes me almost full circle back to where I started."
Cal Fire provides firefighting services for Fresno County under a contract with the Fresno County Fire Protection District. Before coming to Fresno 61/2 years ago, Larkin worked his way through the Cal Fire ranks, working on assignments that included managing operations in the Tulare-Calaveras unit, the 110-inmate Vallecito Conservation Camp, training programs for Cal Fire and the state Fire Marshall's office, and emergency management efforts in Calaveras and Fresno counties. Before coming to Fresno, Larkin was the department's chief in charge of Cal Fire's Ione training academy and other training for Cal Fire's 6,000 employees.
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