The Senate Rules Committee met Wednesday and confirmed Dennis Mathisen as California State Fire Marshal for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Earlier this year, the Roseville resident was appointed by Governor Edmund Brown. Mathisen was with the Roseville Fire Department before joining CalFire; he also served as a Regional Sprinkler Specialist for NFPA.
Mathisen has enjoyed a well-rounded career in the fire service, addressing fire operations, communications, fire investigations and prevention. He is well-versed in the adoption and enforcement of codes and standards, wildland-urban interface issues, engineering, public education and community outreach.
He has a strong handle on California's fire topics, and also monitors and engages in emerging issues nationally. Mathisen's leadership will help guide California into the future as different fire challenges and new technology continue to impact the fire service. Throughout his career, Mathisen has demonstrated both his ability to step up and lead, and sit at the table and collaborate.
Historically, NFPA has offered considerable support and assistance to CalFire and the state fire marshal. NFPA looks forward to working with Dennis Mathisen on initiatives and strategies that will continue to benefit the citizens of California.