Friday, April 30, 2010

Lakeside Fire Board Appoints Andy Parr as Fire Chief

On April 27th 2010, the Lakeside Fire District Board of Directors by a unanimous vote, selected long-time district employee Andy Parr to be Lakeside’s next Fire Chief. Chief Parr, a 31-year fire service veteran, was hired by Lakeside in July 1979. In 1980, he successfully completed Paramedic training, was subsequently promoted to Captain in 1987, Division Chief in 2000, and Deputy Chief in 2008.

Chief Parr started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter and was hired in 1977 as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. During his time with the USFS he was assigned to an engine company, and one of the few EMT's on the West side of the Ranger District. He also had an opportunity to fill-in as a  part-time foreman/module leader with the El Cariso Hot Shots. During his long tenure at Lakeside, Chief Parr has served in many capacities including EMS Coordinator, Training Chief, and Chief of Operations. Parr is also a member of the California FIRESCOPE EMS Section as well as the San Diego County Fire Chiefs' Association.

Chief Parr is a lifetime East County resident. He and his wife Janet are the parents of two sons and a daughter and live in Fletcher Hills. Chief Parr stated that he “is honored to lead the men and women of the Lakeside Fire Protection District.”

Lakeside's New Fire Chief, Andy Parr

Story and Photos Submitted by: Battalion Chief Chuck Tockstein

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