- Engine Company priorities in the absence of a Truck.
Captain Wes Kitchel has presented classes on Truck Company Operations to Fire Departments and Training Conferences.
Captain Kitchel has many years of fire service experience.
He is a featured speaker on Truck Company Operations for moderate and small departments as well as Engine Company priorities in the absence of a Truck.
He is a featured speaker at Fire-Rescue, and serves on several firefighter safety committees
Wes Kitchel is the Assistant Chief of Operations and Training for the Fire and Emergency Services Department.
The Operations and Training Division supervises, directs and provides training for 15 Volunteer Fire Companies and over 250 Volunteer Firefighters.
Prior to joining County Fire, Chief Kitchel worked for the Fire Department for 33 yrs.
Kitchel was assigned to Engine, Rescue and Truck companies during his career and was promoted to Captain.
He retired from the Fire Department as a Captain on Truck 1.
During his tenure with County Fire Department, Kitchel developed many of the ventilation procedures and tactics used by both Engine and Truck Companies.
He is recognized as an authority on Truck Company operations and has delivered numerous seminars on the subject in both the United States and Canada.
Kitchel has spent many years researching effective ways to mitigate hostile events on the fire ground while providing efficient fire ground operations.
Chief Kitchel is a Senior Rescue Instructor for the State of California and was a Task Force Leader on FEMA’s CATF-4 Fire Department.
Chief Kitchel is a member of NFPA and has served on numerous work groups to develop firefighter safety and response standards to Solar power installations in residential and commercial properties.
Chief Kitchel is a member of IFSTA and has been on the Executive Board. He has chaired the development of multiple training manuals in all aspects of firefighting.