RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Talbot as acting chief of the Riverside County Fire Department, Tuesday, Jan. 30.
Cal Fire, the state fire agency, provides contract fire-protection services in the unincorporated county areas and in 21 partner cities and agencies within the county. Most recently, Talbot was deputy chief of the Eastern Operational Area, which consists of three divisions, six battalions, 32 fire stations and the Oak Glen Conservation Camp. Over 400 Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department personnel are assigned to that operational area. Talbot began his career with Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department in April 1985 and has held numerous positions in the department.
“I look forward to working with the board of supervisors and county administrators to build and maintain our integrated, cooperative and regional fire-protection system,” he said.
The chief of the Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Department is an employee of Cal Fire, which named Talbot acting chief of the Riverside Unit earlier this month. In addition to any appointment by the state, the board of supervisors must separately designate a county fire chief. Riverside County officials will be involved in the recruitment process to select a permanent chief. Talbot succeeds Cal Fire and Riverside County Fire Chief John Hawkins, who came to the county in early 2004 as a deputy chief and was named fire chief in August 2006.
Talbot has lived in the Coachella Valley since 1987 and currently lives in Bermuda Dunes. He has been married to his wife, Catherine, for 28 years and has two adult children, William and Elizabeth.