The Modesto Regional Fire Authority (MRFA) Board of Directors announces they have selected Randall Bradley as their next Fire Chief. The Board is scheduled to formally appoint him at a special meeting on Wednesday. Approval of his contract is also scheduled for Wednesday’s meeting. The job will become vacant when Fire Chief Gary Hinshaw retires July 12th. Chief Bradley is currently the Fire Chief of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, a position he has held for almost four years. Prior to Moraga-Orinda he served as the Fire Chief of the Lawrence Livermore Fire Department for six years and the Deputy Chief of the Alameda County Fire Department for two years after the two agencies consolidated. A national search was conducted and Bradley was chosen out of a field of 34 applicants.
The Modesto Regional Fire Authority was formed in 2011 when the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County Fire Wardens Office and the Salida Fire District entered a Joint Powers Agreement. The department is governed by three Board of Directors representing the three agencies.
During Chief Bradley’s time at Lawrence Livermore and Alameda County he was instrumental in the formation of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center and worked on the development and implementation of consolidation proposals for Alameda County’s regional fire protection model. While at Moraga-Orinda he developed a long range financial plan that ensured long term sustainability by addressing unfunded liabilities, introduced a Firewise program and developed a fire consolidation proposal for east Orinda and west Lafayette.
Bradley holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from University of Southern California, two Bachelor’s degrees from University of San Francisco and earned his Executive Fire Officer Certification from the National Fire Academy. He was a paramedic for ten years and currently serves on the National Fire Protection Associations Standard Council. He is 51 years old, he grew up in French Camp and currently lives in Manteca with his wife Dana. He has two grown children who live in the area. He will begin in his new position as the Fire Chief of MRFA on July 16, 2013.