We are delighted to announce the selection of Don Long as the Menlo Park Fire Protection District’s (MPFPD) new Deputy Fire Chief. MPFPD is headquartered in Menlo Park with a coverage area encompassing 29 square miles in the southernmost part of San Mateo County. The District serves an estimated population of 90,000 from its seven fire stations with the support of 115 full-time employees and an annual operating budget of $30.4 million.
Deputy Chief Long started his career in the fire service over 24 years ago as a seasonal firefighter for Cal-Fire, working in Humboldt and Placer Counties. He then spent a year and a half with the Coalinga Fire Department before being hired with the City of Merced where he has spent the last 20 years working through the ranks with the last six months as Acting Fire Chief. The Merced Fire Department serves a population of approximately 81,000 from five fire stations.
“We are happy to have assisted with the placement of Chief Long for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. His broad range of skills and experience will be great assets to the District,” said Teri Black, CEO & President of Teri Black & Company, LLC, an executive recruiting firm specializing in local, state and federal government placements.
Chief Long holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and is close to completing his Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. Along with his numerous other credentials, he is also a certified Chief Officer by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office. Don and his family have relocated to the Silicon Valley to be close to the District’s service area.