Bakersfield Fire Chief Douglas Greener to retire on June 30

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Bakersfield Fire Department Chief Douglas Greener will retire from the department after nearly 30 years with the department on June 30.

Greener’s career spans nearly 37 years and was appointed Chief of the Bakersfield Fire Department in 2010.

Greener, is part of a four-generation family of firefighters. During his tenure as chief, the department saw growth receiving federal grants for critical equipment and training for the city’s firefighters, according to a release from the department.

Chief Greener provided this statement Friday:

I offer my indebted appreciation to the citizens of Bakersfield for their continued and unwavering support of the Bakersfield Fire Department. Special thanks to Former Mayor Harvey L. Hall, Mayor Karen Goh, the City Council, City Manager Alan Tandy, City Attorney Virginia Gennaro, and all of our fine city staff for their years of consistent support and assistance. Thanks also to my numerous colleagues from many public and private sector agencies whose collaboration is much appreciated. 

My most heartfelt gratitude goes to the men and women of the Bakersfield Fire Department, sworn and support staff members, who faithfully carry out our difficult, critical public safety mission every single day. They are the finest firefighting force anywhere, and it has been my most sincere pleasure to serve with them. They will continue to bravely serve our community 24/7, under new leadership.

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