The Marin County Fire Department announced last week its decision to appoint interim deputy chief Mark Brown to permanently retain the deputy chief title.

Brown, a 22-year veteran of the county fire department, has been serving as the interim deputy chief since April 2012. He was originally hired by the department in 1991 as a firefighter/paramedic, and has since worked as a fire captain, senior fire captain and battalion chief.

Brown was appointed interim deputy chief after the title was vacated by Jason Weber, who now serves as the MCFD Fire Chief.

During his time in Marin, Brown has received numerous firefighting awards and was a founding member of the Marin County Urban Search and Rescue Team, California Regional Task Force 1, and has worked as a rescue squad leader, rescue manager and water rescue team manager. He currently serves as the task force leader for Urban Search and Rescue.

Brown began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Kentwood Fire Protection District in Sonoma County in 1986. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Applied Studies with an emphasis in organizational leadership from Brandman University, a branch of Chapman University.

Brown also works as a Type I Operations Section Chief for CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 and as an incident commander for the North Bay Incident Management Team. He also serves as chair of the FIRESCOPE Urban Search & Rescue Specialist Group and is a certified California Fire Officer.

In his first year as deputy chief, Brown will earn a base salary of $159,557.

He and his wife live in Santa Rosa and have three teenage boys.

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