John Binaski has been named the new chief of the Clovis Fire Department.
He replaces current Fire Chief Micheal Despain, who will become fire chief in Lincoln, Neb., in two weeks. He was Clovis’ chief since 2013 after six years with the Fresno Fire Department.
Binaski was appointed by City Manager Robert Woolley. The appointment is effective July 16 after confirmation by the Clovis City Council, which is expected Tuesday night.
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Binaski, 45, started with Clovis as deputy fire chief in 2013.
Prior to that, he worked 11 years for the city of Tulare’s fire department, rising through the ranks to division chief in 2011.
Binaski has more than 25 years of fire service experience, including with the Kingsburg Fire Department and Orange County Fire Department. His background is in fire service operations, fire prevention, training, investigations and emergency medical services.
We are losing a great asset with Chief Despain’s departure, but I have complete confidence in Chief Binaski’s ability.
Robert Woolley, Clovis city manager
In addition to his duties with the Tulare Fire Department, Binaski was the fire technology coordinator at the College of the Sequoias.
He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with a master of science degree in emergency services administration, and he completed the executive fire officer program through the U.S. Fire Administration. He is certified by the state fire marshal as a chief officer and master instructor.
Binaski has been married to his wife, Katie, for 19 years, and they have two daughters.
“We are losing a great asset with Chief Despain’s departure, but I have complete confidence in Chief Binaski’s ability of leading … the Clovis Fire Department in the coming years,” Woolley said.