San Rafael’s hearth has stepped ailing, the town stated.
Darin White was once Oakland’s lead hearth reputable when he took over for former San Rafael hearth Chris Grey, who retired in 2019. Abraham Roman, a deputy accountable for operations, has been named appearing , in line with the town.
White stated he stepped right down to “pursue new ways to make communities safer,” in line with a town e-newsletter despatched Friday. He didn’t reply to a request for remark.
“We will miss him for sure, and we appreciate his tenure that he had here,” Roman stated Tuesday.
John Bagala, the president of Marin Skilled Firefighters IAFF Native 1775, stated he and White labored in combination at the factor of firefighter occupational most cancers. In January, the town and the union commemorated retired San Rafael hearth battalion Paul Crimmins, whose dying at 61 was once attributed to occupational most cancers, he famous.
“We definitely wish Chief White the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Bagala stated.
White’s leaving is efficacious March 31, San Rafael Worker Town Supervisor Angela Robinson Piñon stated. He’ll paintings on initiatives beneath the town legal professional’s course all through the transition length, she stated. Piñon didn’t have additional data on what the ones initiatives will contain.
White took command in San Rafael in 2020. He signed a four-year promise that began him at an preliminary wage of $193,814. White shall be paid a mass sum money severance within the quantity of 18 months’ wage, unique of pension prices, Piñon stated.
Roman takes over a section with just about 70 firefighters staffing seven hearth stations in San Rafael and Marinwood. The 30-year hearth provider veteran got here to San Rafael endmost yr later serving as Berkeley’s hearth for 14 months. He operating for that town’s hearth section for 23 years.
“The leadership may change a little bit, but the mission never changes,” Roman stated.
“We’re constantly trying to stay ahead of the wave of hiring — that’s been a conflict in the fire service not just in California, but in the nation at this point, so we’re no different,” he stated.
“The priority is obviously the community,” Roman stated. “In order to have a good service for the community, you need firefighters that are hyper-focused on being positive, productive, and healthy.”
Bagala famous the demanding situations of recruiting high-level applicants and maintaining firefighters in San Rafael. He added that the section had many personnel individuals let go for higher-paying companies.
“It puts a lot of stress for existing people on the job, and it will be one of the things that Abe will have to tackle,” he stated.