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Christopher Quinn

Christopher Quinn


Assistant Chief Christopher Quinn, is a native Californian growing up in the Napa Valley, where he began his career in public service as a lifeguard and then began working private ambulance before moving to Sacramento to attend college.  During college, Quinn was a reserve firefighter for the Sacramento City Fire Department and a volunteer dive rescue team member. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in philosophy with emphasis in business ethics and law. Chief Quinn advanced his education in 1999 by attending Lincoln Law School of Sacramento, where he received awards for Moot Court Brief and Oral Arguments.

In 1991, he was hired by the American River Fire District (now Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District) as a firefighter.  Quinn has been a department fitness instructor, water rescue team member, Local 522 Executive Board Member, task level training officer, and a Rescue Specialist on USAR California Task Force 7. Quinn was promoted to fire captain in 2002 and worked a variety of assignments at the all risk agency that is Metro Fire.

In 2007, Quinn became actively involved in the district Homeland Security mission by attending the first terrorism liaison officer program offered in the region.  He continued to advance his knowledge and training in this area and was later selected to represent the agency to work a special assignment under a FEMA grant at the Sacramento Regional Office of Homeland Security.  He is currently the agency liaison for the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Central California Intelligence Center.  Quinn is also the Terrorism Liaison Officer Coordinator for Metro Fire where he oversees a very active 60 member program.  Quinn remains engaged with local, state, and federal partners in order to remain at the forefront of current threats and trends both domestically and internationally.

Chief Quinn was promoted to battalion chief in 2014 where he had the opportunity to manage all risk operations at Metro Fire which also included multiple strike team deployments during the extreme fire behavior of 2015.

In June 2016, Chief Quinn was appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief in the Operations Division, where he oversees the A shift and provides oversight of Homeland Security, Hazardous Material Program, Wildland, Dozer Operations, Apparatus, the Emergency Operations Plan, and Leadership Initiative.

Outside of Metro Fire, Chief Quinn is a regional business owner. He and his wife founded a ground transportation company in 2002 and grew it to national recognition as “operator of the year” status in 2009.  He provides leadership by sitting on two independent boards both at the state and national level. He represents this industry with authority regarding complex business solutions in an ever changing and dynamic local, state, and federal legislative and political climate.

Chief Quinn lives in nearby Granite Bay with his wife, Shannon and son, Dillon. He spends much of his free time training their Placer County Sheriff Search and Rescue dog “Liberty” or traveling to the beaches and mountains of California.

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