Chris Gaylord
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  • Ben Lomond, CA
  • United States
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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Paid Fire Department
Job Function
Company Officer (Captain/Lt/Supervisor)
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
University of California Santa Cruz Fire Department
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Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Formerly served with the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department (Sierra Madre, CA) from 2003 to 2007 as an Engineer and a Firefighter. Also served as the department Safety Officer and Equipment/Supplies Officer.
My Training:
Certifications include Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Fire Officer from the California State Board of Fire Services as well as the Certified Emergency Manager and Certified Fire Protection Specialist national designations.

Other training includes: Driver/Operator 1A/1B, Rescue Systems 1/2, HazMat FRO/Decon, ICS 100-400, Planning Section Chief (S-440), Safety Officer (S-404), Liaison Officer (L956), Situation Unit Leader (S-346), Terrorism Liaison Officer Basic & Intermediate, and National Fire Academy Effective Leadership Skills for Fire & EMS Organizations.

M.S. in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach (graduating Dec. 2013) and B.S. in Safety and Health from the University of Southern California (1997).
About Me:
I'm the Campus Emergency Manager at UC Santa Cruz and a Captain with the UCSC Fire Department. I supervise campus emergency preparedness and continuity planning activities, the department public education program and serve as the EOC Coordinator during major emergencies.

I also serve as Planning Section Chief for Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) CA-1, which is a federal disaster response team under the National Disaster Medical System of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I've been with the team since 2005 and have deployed to Biloxi, MS in response to Hurricane Katrina and to Atlanta, GA and various locations in Texas in response to Hurricane Ike. I initially served as one of the Safety Officers before reclassifying to PSC in 2010.

I'm a registered State Fire Training Instructor for the State of California for Fire Management 1, ICS 200-400, and several S-series classes.
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Grew up next door to an Engineer from the Pasadena FD and spent a lot of time at his station as a kid. Went to college and got a degree in safety & health and started working in that field specializing in emergency preparedness, fire safety and hazmat. One job required me to set-up a medical response team...found out I loved EMS, so went and got my EMT cert. Moved to a town with a VFD and joined. After 11 years in workplace safety and and 4 years as a volunteer, got the chance to become a career member of the UCSC Fire Department, and I'm loving every minute of it.

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At 2:52pm on April 28, 2009, Clay Hood said…
Hey, Hows it going? I just read one of your posts and am pleasantly surprised that UCSC has a fire dept. My best friend is a student their and my aunt is a librarian in the big library i think its called stevenson. But yeah just showin soem appreciation for keepign my freinds and family safe while theyre at UCSC.
At 1:20pm on September 15, 2008, Annie Moon said…
Looking for this EMS gentleman.docxI am looking for the gentleman in the photo whom I believe lives in the area of Georgia. He has done nothing whatsoever wrong, nor am I chasing him for anything, but someone is operating in the UK on the pretence of being him and attempting to extort money from innocent people and I think he should know all about it. After all, this is not only an indictment on him but also on the trust people have in the EMS services (I refer to the attached photo displaying the EMS badge which has been deliberately used to promote his honesty). I know I would want to know if it was being done to me. So if you recognise him, can you please advise me or ask him to contact me directly at or phone on 00 44 1566 770 751. If you or the gentleman in the photo would like to call me, I am happy to call you straight back and I will give him all the details on this matter. Stay Safe Annie
At 12:37pm on August 1, 2008, Jairus Pierce said…
Hey do you have a bannana slug shirt I can buy off ya?....let me know.
At 10:50am on May 29, 2008, Wendy said…
Hello from the Buckeye state! How ya doing?
At 6:33pm on February 10, 2008, Shane M. Cochrane said…
Chris, no I was not in Biloxi for Katrina. I am not a member of OH-5 yet, but a couple of people are trying to convince me to join. SO are a couple from OH-1. Not sure yet which one to go for. I did go to the 2 New Orleans P&G coffee plants a couple of times after Katrina as a firefighter to protect the plant or the "trailer city" they set up for employees and contractors.
At 9:58pm on January 29, 2008, Todd Cameron said…
Yeah I got some relatives by Everton but I am not down in Rushville much anymore since I moved up to Noblesville
At 10:14am on January 28, 2008, Bren *ResqRN2113* said…
Hope you guys are keeping dry. Saw the weather report this morning and am keeping in touch with my Cal friends!
At 10:12am on January 28, 2008, Bren *ResqRN2113* said…
Thanks for the add!
At 6:20pm on January 26, 2008, Ron Maddox said…
Welcome to FFN, Be Safe and Give a Yell. Ronco
At 8:08pm on January 24, 2008, Jim aka Bick said…

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