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Ken Cruz

(949) 459-9073

Occupational Experience

During his 30 years in the Fire Service, Chief Cruz managed the Orange County Type 3 All Hazard IMT program, was the CICCS Program Manager and Operational Area Peer Review Chair, and managed the Helicopter, Handcrew, and Heavy Equipment Programs.  He also served as the Emergency Planning Coordinator where one of his primary duties was to staff the County EOC as the Fire Representative for all countywide agencies. He has been an IC, OPS, LOFR, DIVS, STEN, STEQ, SOFR on many major wildland and structure fire incidents. He served as the Orange County Representative on the FIRESCOPE Task Force, Aviation Specialist Group, led an Ad Hoc Committee on the REMS re-write, 2017, and served on the BOD of the Southern California Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens.

Teaching Experience

  • FC/ Assistant Fire Training Officer – 2 years
  • Career Firefighter Academy Coordinator – 2 Academies
  • Career Firefighter Academy Instructor – 1 Academy
  • Fire Captain Academy, Instructor and Course Development- 6 Academies
  • Battalion Chief Academy, Instructor and Course Development – 5 Academies
  • Santa Ana College Basic Fire Academy – Master and Associate Instructor – 20 years
  • Agency Cadre Lead and Associate Instructor for ICS courses: S200, S215, S230, S231, S236, S300, AH330, S336, AH339, N9025, I300, I400, CO2A, and CO2
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