San Jose Fire Department has a new Wildland officer. Fire Captain Mark Roberts has stepped into the position following the departure of Steve Foreman who was SJFD's representative to our council for three years. Captain Roberts has also been elected to the FireSafe Council Board of Directors.
Mark has served with SJFD for the past 16 years after being at CAL FIRE in its Auburn, CA Nevada-Yuba-Placer Ranger unit. He received his training at a variety of different places including: State Fire Marshal, SJFD, CAL FIRE, Elk Grove Fire Department, Sacramento Fire Department, American River College, Consumnes River College, Mission College, Executive Development Institute, TAK Response Conference and FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference).
Of course, we asked Mark how he became interested in firefighting. He credits a neighbor who was a captain for Sacramento City Fire Department and a friend who was a captain for Vallejo Fire Department for getting him interested in a firefighting career. Mark is a Sacramentan and he still lives in Sacramento.
When not on duty, Mark fills his time with golf and trains in Krav Maga, a martial art. He also likes working out in general and attending live jazz shows.
"I want to be an available resource for the FireSafe Council to help accomplish the goal of keeping residents safe from the threat of wildfires," he tells us. "I also want to increase my knowledge in the areas of vegetation management and learn what different agencies participate in vegetation management and to what extent."