Get to know Alan Ernst

Alan Ernst

6 Questions for Alan Ernst, Modesto’s Fire Chief:

What is the biggest goal you aim to accomplish as the Fire Chief?

To deliver the highest level of emergency service to our citizens, and support the men and women who provide that service.

What is one thing the average citizen of Modesto might not know about the role of Fire Chief?

In addition to being the Chief for the Fire Department, the Fire Chief is also the Emergency Manager for the City of Modesto.

If you could spend a day in someone else’s shoes, whose would they be, and why?

The Chief of Police, so I can admire the dedication and professionalism of the firefighters without any bias.

Do you have any family in the public safety career?  What has that meant to you?

Yes, I am a 4th generation firefighter and have other family members in law enforcement.  It has meant the world to me and taught me many values.

What motivates you most to get out of bed each morning?

Providing for my family and serving our community.

If you could change one event from history, what would it be?

September 11th.  343 firefighters lost their lives; numerous law enforcement, and thousands of innocent citizens perished.  The events on that day changed our world in a matter of hours.