Chief Ken Pimlott, retired Head of CAL FIRE, will share his experiences of tackling some of the biggest fires in California’s history, including the Camp Fire of 2018. Data and risk information play a large role as CAL FIRE prepares for fire season and responds to sweeping fires in the area. No less important is the outreach and public engagement that Chief Pimlott and his team take on to mitigate the fire risk. Learn about the work of Chief Pimlott and CAL FIRE in this keynote.
Chief of CAL FIRE
Chief Pimlott began his fire service career in 1984 as a reserve fire fighter in Contra Costa County, California. He joined CAL FIRE in 1987 as a seasonal fire fighter, and ultimately worked his way through the ranks to Director, a position he held from 2010 until his retirement in December 2018. Chief Pimlott has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University and is a Registered Professional Forester in California. Under his leadership, CAL FIRE and the State of California battled historic wildfires and an unprecedented bark beetle epidemic while at the same time increased the pace and scale of forest management and fire prevention. Chief Pimlott participated in numerous committees at the State and national level and testified before Congress on multiple occasions in support of legislation related to forest management and fire protection, including the federal fire funding fix.
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