Chief Thom Porter

Chief Thom Porter

Thom Porter

  • Director

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Porter was appointed Director by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 8, 2019.

    Chief Porter was designated Acting Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on December 14, 2018. 

    He has been serving as Chief of Strategic Planning in CAL FIRE Sacramento Headquarters since January 1, 2018. Previously, he served as the Southern Region Chief, Assistant Region Chief, and San Diego Unit Fire Chief.  

    Chief Porter’s depth of fire department management expertise is balanced by his forestry background.  He is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in California with a Bachelor of Forestry Degree from the University of California Berkeley.

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Chief Mike Richwine

Chief Mike Richwine

Mike Richwine

  • State Fire Marshal (Acting)

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Michael J. Richwine was appointed Acting State Fire Marshal by Governor Edmund G. Brown on December 28, 2018. Prior to that, Chief Richwine served as the Assistant State Fire Marshal from 2012 to 2018.  He began his fire service career 38 years ago as a firefighter with the Hanford Fire Department. His subsequent years of service include 31 years with CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal.

    During Chief Richwine's career, he has risen through the ranks and held a variety of fire prevention and training positions within the OSFM, which include Chief of State Fire Training, responsible for administering the California Fire Service Training and Education System; Chief of the Fire Engineering Division where he chaired several OSFM regulatory advisory committees; and as a Deputy State Fire Marshal within Fire and Life Safety, Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Divisions; and as a Fire Service Training Specialist in the State Fire Training Division.

    Chief Richwine served for six years as a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams and holds numerous professional certifications. He currently serves as ex-officio member of the Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee and the State Board of Fire Services, within the OSFM, and is a member of National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, and California Fire Chiefs Association.

    Chief Richwine oversees a staff of 220 employees and has well-rounded experience in fire protection, fire prevention, and training and education programs.

    Chief Richwine is married to an elementary school teacher and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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Chief Mike Mohler

Chief Mike Mohler

Mike Mohler

  • Deputy Director, Communications

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Mohler began his fire service career in 1991, as a reserve firefighter in Orange County, assigned to the heavy equipment and crew division.  While working as a reserve, he attended the Santa Ana College fire science program and worked full time as a firefighter for Boeing’s Aeronautics and Missile Systems Division in Anaheim. Mike began his career with CAL FIRE in the San Bernardino Unit as a Firefighter I in June 2000.  In May 2001, Mike promoted to Firefighter II in the Riverside Unit and in 2005, he promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer. In 2010, Chief Mohler promoted to Fire Captain in the San Diego Unit.  In 2015, he promoted to Battalion Chief at Southern Region, where he worked for the next 3 years supervising the Southern Region information and communications programs. Mike was vital in continuing to build the Department’s nontraditional media exposure with projects such as Netflix’s Fire Chasers and Extreme Weather with National Geographic which has showcased our department worldwide.

    Chief Mohler participates on several statewide cadres and working groups, including S-420, CIMCI and AAIMS.  He holds several qualifications, including Advanced All Hazard Incident Commander from the University of Texas A&M, and has been assigned to a CAL FIRE Incident Management Team for over 11 years. He currently holds a seat on FEMA’s advisory committee for response to large scale incidents. In addition to his Departmental assignments, Chief Mohler has also served as an Honor Guard member for over 17 years, honoring our fallen and supporting their families. Mike is currently enrolled in American Military University’s Emergency and Disaster Management program.

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Chief Joe Tyler

Chief Joe Tyler

Joe Tyler

  • Deputy Director, Fire Protection

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Tyler began his career with CAL FIRE in 1990 as a Fire Fighter in the Shasta Trinity Unit.  Since then, he has worked in the Riverside Unit, Amador El Dorado Unit, and Statewide Training Program in various operational classifications in Schedule A and Schedule B, including fire stations, training bureaus and programs, camps, safety programs, and as an Administrative Officer and Staff Chief.  Prior to his appointment to Deputy Director, Chief Tyler served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Fire Protection with oversight of Law Enforcement/Civil Cost Recovery, Fire Protection Operations, Aviation Management, Tactical Air Operations, and Mobile Equipment.

    Chief Tyler has served on several Statewide committees and cadres, most recently leading a work group in the acquisition of a new fleet of helicopters.  He is qualified as an Agency Administrator, Incident Commander – Type 1, Safety Officer, Operations Section Chief, and is a licensed paramedic.  He was a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams from 2005 through 2014, last holding the position of Deputy Incident Commander on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3 until his promotion to Staff Chief.

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Chief Dan Johnson

Chief Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

  • Chief, Southern Region

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Johnson began his fire service career in 1982, as a volunteer Firefighter with the Riverside Unit (RRU). In 1988, he began his CAL FIRE career as an Heavy Fire Equipment Operator (HFEO) in the San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit.  In 1990, Dan transferred to the San Bernardino Unit, where he worked as an HFEO and a Fire Captain B at Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp.  In 1993,  Dan transferred back to RRU, where he then worked as an HFEO, and as a Fire Captain in both State and Riverside County Fire stations.  In 2005, Dan transferred to the Riverside ECC.  In 2006, Dan accepted an LT Battalion Chief position as the Southern Region OCC Duty Officer, later promoting to the permanent Vegetation Management Program Coordinator Battalion Chief in RRU.  In 2011, Dan promoted to Assistant Chief at the San Bernardino Unit, overseeing Pilot Rock and Prado Conservation Camps.  In 2014, Dan promoted to the Deputy Chief of Contract Counties at the Southern Region Riverside Headquarters where he was responsible for maintaining all six cooperative agreements with the Contract Counties.  In October 2016, Dan was appointed to the position of Assistant Region Chief for the Southern Region, and has served as Acting Region Chief for the Southern Region since January 2018.

    Dan worked in conjunction with local agencies in support of Fire Safe Councils, CWPP, and the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) projects in RRU, and was very active with the implementation of the Department’s cooperative agreements with Los Angeles County (LAC) Fire and US Navy Catalina Island.

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Chief Mike Bradley

Chief Mike Bradley

Mike Bradley

  • Chief, Northern Region

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Bradley began his professional career in 1991, as a staff Forester for a private consulting firm and then Chief Compliance Forester for the Pacific Lumber Company.  In 2001, he accepted a position with CAL FIRE as a Forester I in the Humboldt Del Norte Unit.  Since then, he has held the positions of Fire Captain A, Fire Captain B, Battalion Chief, and Assistant Chief over Administration.  Chief Bradley held the Deputy Chief of Resource Management for the Northern Region.  Chief Bradley was also assigned to Sacramento Headquarters on a special detail to develop the Land Use Planning program as part of Senate Bill 1241.  In September 2012, Mike transferred to the Siskiyou Unit as the Administrative Officer, overseeing personnel, finance, training, the ECC and logistical support.  In October 2016, Mike was appointed to the position of Assistant Region Chief for the Northern Region.

    Chief Bradley served on Incident Management Team 4 as the Liaison Officer, and was a member of the Liaison Officer/Agency Representative cadre.  Chief Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Forestry from Humboldt State University and is a Registered Professional Forester.

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Chief Helge Eng

Chief Helge Eng

Helge Eng

  • Deputy Director, Resource Management

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Helge has over 25 years of forestry experience, including working in other countries as a forestry consultant. In 1992 Helge started his CAL FIRE career as a timber supply analyst at the Fire and Resources Assessment Program. He promoted in 1995 to Forester I then Forester II in 2002. From 2002-2005 he was responsible for forest inventories and harvest scheduling on the State Forests. In 2005, he promoted to Deputy Chief to become State Forest Program Manager. His most recent position was Assistant Deputy Director, Resource Protection and Improvement.

    Helge has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, a Master's Degree in Forest Measurements, a Master's Degree in Statistics, and a PhD in Forest Operations Research from Oregon State University. 

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Chief Bruce Crane

Chief Bruce Crane

Bruce Crane

  • Chief Legal Counsel

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    October 2018, Governor Brown appointed Bruce as chief counsel at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Bruce began his career with CAL FIRE, then CDF, in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter. Bruce joined the Legal Office in 2000, at a time when the Department only had three attorneys. Bruce’s experience as a seasonal firefighter has been instrumental in his ability to understand and provide counsel on issues unique to the Department’s public safety and natural resources mission.  Bruce has guided and provided counsel to many of us in CAL FIRE throughout the years, and has been critical to successfully navigating the Department through occupational safety issues as well as counselling so many of us on personnel matters. The Department has evolved over the decades, and Bruce will now lead a program of 13 attorneys who are engaged in many complex program and policy issues.

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Chief Anthony P. Favro

Chief Anthony P. Favro

Anthony P. Favro

  • Deputy Director, Management Services

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Tony Favro was appointed as the deputy director for management services on April 9, 2012. Management Services provides Departmental administration and executive leadership through policy direction and a variety of program support services necessary for the successful completion of the Department's mission. Favro's responsibilities include oversight of the Department's Accounting, Fiscal, and Business Services Offices, Budget Office, Information Technology Services, Labor and Human Resources Office, and Technical Services.

    With a bachelor's degree in English from Santa Clara University, Favro blends strong communication skills with an ability to work cooperatively with staff at all levels, other State departments, control agencies, and other public and private entities.

    Over the course of 20 years with CAL FIRE, Favro has held a variety of positions that have provided him with invaluable experience and insight into the Department. Prior to his current appointment, he served as CAL FIRE's Chief of Program Accountability and Information Security Officer (ISO), managing the Department's internal auditing function and administering its information security and privacy protection programs to ensure compliance with State and Departmental policies, rules, and regulations.

    He has also managed CAL FIRE's Classification and Pay and Policy and Project Services Units within Human Resources, supervised the Department's Health and Fitness Unit, managed the Aviation Management Administrative Support Program, worked as the Administrative Officer for the Fire Protection Program, and spent time in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Information and Public Affairs, and Business Services.

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Chief Monte Manson

Chief Monte Manson

Monte Manson

  • Chief, Professional Standards Program

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Monte Manson was appointed as the Chief of Professional Standards on September 16, 2016. CAL FIRE’s Professional Standards is a new program that will provide consistent and standardized guidance to all CAL FIRE employees in the areas of hiring, on-boarding, employee behavior, leadership, investigations, and progressive discipline.

    Throughout his more than 20-year career with CAL FIRE, Monte has gained invaluable experience related to various State policies and processes, and he brings to this position a strong and extensive administrative background. His ability to develop and cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and his skills in training and policy development will serve him well as he develops this new program.

    Monte began his career with CAL FIRE in the Communications Office, where he wrote for the Communiqué and assisted with media events, among other duties. Monte also worked in the Budget Office, Occupational Safety and Health Programs (OSHPros), and what is now known as the Administration and Incident Support Unit. In 2006, Monte became the Administrative Officer for CAL FIRE’s Management Services Division, and in 2008, he was promoted to the Business Services Office, where he served as the Departmental Procurement Officer. In 2012, Monte used his policy and program development skills to assist in the implementation of the State’s Fire Prevention Fee Program.

    Between 2013 and 2016, Monte was the Chief of the Business Services Office, providing oversight of a wide range of complex acquisitions, facilities, and property operations. He has also served on various internal and external committees, task forces, and working groups dedicated to State policy overhaul and alignment.

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Chief Windy C. Bouldin

Chief Windy C. Bouldin

Windy C. Bouldin

  • Chief, Office of Program Accountability

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Windy C. Bouldin was appointed as the Chief, Office of Program Accountability in July 2012.  The Office of Program Accountability is an independent, objective, appraisal entity established to conduct internal audits and audit-related services designed to add value and improve operations.

    Windy brings over 23 years of State of California experience with 20 years of it at CAL FIRE.  Throughout her tenure she has served in a variety of leadership capacities and possesses an extensive background in personnel management and organizational development.  She has additional expertise in project management, web/graphic design, strategic planning, policy formulation and implementation, and program administration.

    Windy is also the Returning Veterans:  Enlisting Their Skills for CAL FIRE Service (R.V.E.T.S.) Coordinator.  R.V.E.T.S. is the Department’s grassroots effort to assist veterans, service members, and their families with integration and transition into service with the Department.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the Department’s Executive Team, as an instructor and cadre member for various leadership trainings, as a participant on an array of committees, workgroups, and forums, and is the publisher and managing editor of Connections, CAL FIRE’s monthly Management Services newsletter.

    Prior to CAL FIRE, Windy worked for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board Sacramento Office of Appeals and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership.  Windy is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the California Association of State Auditors.

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