The Fire Suppression & Operations Division of the Fire Department
is responsible for putting out fires, emergency rescues and
medical emergency response. The four fire stations in
Relands are staffed 24/7 to ensure quick response times to keep
fire damage to a minimum.
When not fighting fires the Suppression & Operations Division
spends time maintaining their equipment and training on the
latest fire fighting techniques.
Deputy Fire Chief Rich Sessler
A native of nearby Corona, California, Rich Sessler left a very
successful seven year career with the U.S Forestry Service to
come to the Redlands Fire Department in 2005. In 2012, as a
Captain, Rich was awarded the distinction of Firefighter of
the Year. In 2014, The City of Redlands honored Rich with
the Safety Manager of the Year Award. Rich holds a
Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands.
Battalion Chief Jim Topoleski
As one of our veterans, Jim Topoleski has proudly served with the
Redlands Fire Department for 28 years of his 32 year career in
the fire service. Born and raised in nearby San Bernardino, Jim,
who calls Redlands his home, is very involved in community
organizations such as the Redlands East Valley High School PTSA,
Redlands Baseball for Youth, and the Redlands Benchwarmers.
The appointed EMS Coordinator is in charge of the Paramedic Program in the City of Redlands. The goal of the Paramedic Program is to provide the citizens of Redlands the highest quality of advanced life support and pre-hospital care by well trained personnel, as well as to meet the education and delivery standards required by the County of San Bernardino and the State of California. This goal is being met through the following:
Under direction of the Fire Chief, three Battalion Chiefs direct
the day to day emergency operations of the Fire Department,
responding out of four fire stations strategically located
throughout the City. Redlands firefighters respond to nearly
8,000 calls for service annually. The Redlands Fire Department is
an all risk, full-service Fire Department, trained in every
aspect of emergency services ranging from: