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Joe Ward

Deputy Chief Joe Ward started his career with the Oceanside Fire Department in 1992 as a firefighter paramedic. In 1998 he was promoted to Captain 6 years after starting with the Fire Department. He served several terms in the Training Division as the Assistant Training Officer. He spent 12 years as a Captain implementing different training programs before being promoted to Battalion Chief. Chief Ward spent three years as Shift Battalion Chief Ward before taking the next step. Chief Ward was promoted to Division Chief of Fire Training, where he was an integral part in developing manipulative standards and establishing the Fire Department training curriculum and calendar. Chief Ward was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief of Operations in 2015 and was responsible for managing and supervising Operations Division, Fire Training Division, EMS Division, Administration Division, and the Lifeguard Division. In addition to those responsibilities, Chief Ward was responsible for human resources, complaints, labor relations, negotiations, recruitment, budget, and disciplinary issues for the department. Chief Ward was the Chair of the North Zone Ops Section and sat on many committees inside and outside San Diego County.

He maintains active memberships in numerous professional and trade organizations. He holds numerous Executive Chief Officer and Chief Officer Certifications, including CPSE National Chief Officer Certification, and has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration. Chief Ward recently retired with over 30 years of service. He resides in the City of San Marcos and was married for 27 years before the passing of his wife. He has three amazing daughters who are either working or studying to be in the medical field. Also, Chief Ward spends his free time working out, riding motorcycles, coaching, teaching, and spending time with his family.

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