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City of Davis Hires New Fire Chief

Post Date:June 13, 2017 4:37 p.m.

On July 17, 2017, the City of Davis will have a new Fire Chief, Daryl C. Arbuthnott.Daryl Arbuthnott

Chief Arbuthnott joins Davis from the City of Los Angeles Fire Department. Daryl worked for Los Angeles for nearly 36 years. He has served in several communities such as Brentwood, Downtown LA, the San Fernando Valley, and Hollywood. His ranks include Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Captain I & II, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief.  During his tenure, he managed and oversaw 39 fire stations, an air operations section and 1,117 uniformed members.

“Chief Arbuthnott is a strong addition to our management team. He has a tremendous amount of practical operations experience, a proven commitment to community involvement and an incredible enthusiasm for the work. We are lucky to have him,” stated City Manager Dirk Brazil.

During his career, Chief Arbuthnott has led many nationally recognized incidents including large-scale brush fires, high-rise, commercial buildings, swift water rescue emergencies, active shooter incidents and special planned events.

His skills in the areas of organizational leadership and strategy extend into training, mentoring, and the development of firefighters. He also brings with him a reputation of professionalism and a commitment to civic engagement. In 2009, he spearheaded a campaign to implement a mentorship program geared at providing young Fire Department members the opportunity for professional growth and development ultimately supporting the Fire Department's succession plan.

Chief Arbuthnott obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Union Institute & University and a Master of Business Administration Degree in Risk Management, Business Continuity & Security from Boston University.

Daryl will focus his efforts on ensuring the Department’s response capabilities and resources match the City’s emergency service demands and establishing public and private partnerships.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected to take the helm of a great fire department. I look forward to sharing my leadership skills with the City of Davis and engaging the residents in community preparation," states Arbuthnott.

In January 2014, the City of Davis and UC Davis Fire Departments entered into a shared management agreement. UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht assumed the dual role as Fire Chief. The shared management agreement was designed to maximize the use of existing resources, reduced duplication of effort and to explore the potential for new efficiencies, while maintaining local control and high quality emergency services. On May 1, the shared management agreement was terminated at the request of UC Davis, citing multiple challenges in managing two fire departments under single leadership.

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