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Jim Frawley, the City’s Fire Chief, announces his retirement,

Post Date:12/05/2018 1:31 PM


Contact: Eileen Cross, Community Relations Specialist, 831.676.7090 


Santa Cruz, CA (December 5, 2018) - The City of Santa Cruz announced today that Jim Frawley, the City’s Fire Chief, will retire from the Fire Department effective January 4, 2019. Fire Division Chief/Fire Marshall Jason Hajduk will serve as interim Fire Chief. 

Chief Frawley joined the City as Fire Chief in 2015. Under his leadership the Fire Department spearheaded the creation of a Regional Fire Academy, partnering with Cabrillo College and other Santa Cruz fire agencies; established a fire investigation team; initiated citywide vegetation management; reinvented the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program; started the FireWise group in Prospect Heights; promoted seventeen personnel, and hired fifteen firefighter/paramedics.

 “During these past few years of record drought, record rainfall, and record wildfires, Chief Frawley has done an outstanding job of keeping our community safe,” said City Manager Martín Bernal. ”In addition, Chief Frawley excelled in developing regional collaborations, such as the merger of the Department with the UC Santa Cruz Fire Department, the provision of life guard services for the City of Capitola, and the expansion of services provided by emergency medical response providers.”

 Chief Frawley has served thirty years in the fire service. Before joining the City of Santa Cruz, Chief Frawley was the Fire Chief for the cities of San Marino, San Gabriel, and South Pasadena, as well as a Fire Captain for the city of Glendale. “It has been an honor to serve the community of Santa Cruz,” said Chief Frawley. “I want to thank everyone who has been instrumental in my career success. In particular, it has been a true pleasure to serve with all of the conscientious and dedicated firefighters of the Santa Cruz Fire Department. I look forward to pursuing the next chapter in my career and will always appreciate the warm welcome I received when I arrived in Santa Cruz.”

 Chief Frawley’s last day with the City will be January 3, 2019. He will continue to reside with his family in Santa Cruz County.


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