Chief Hartwig started his career when working for a private ambulance company shortly after graduating high school. He attended college and studied to be a physician and follow his father’s footsteps. He joined the fire service in 1992 after graduating from college. At that time he fell in love with the fire service while working at the fire station and applying to medical schools. In 1994 he was hired as a full time FF Paramedic and promoted through the ranks. He developed an expertise in emergency medical services and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Loma Linda University in Emergency Medical Care. He was assigned to the Training Division and then EMS Supervisor. He left his home agency for a promotion only to return 6 years later and lead his original agency.
During his career, He has developed an expertise in emergency medical services and most recently has been working closely with the California Fire Chiefs Association to help develop a response to the state’s proposed regulations diluting local control of emergency medical services. He served as president of the California Fire Chiefs Association Emergency Medical Services Section and is an advisory board member for both the Loma Linda University Emergency Medical Care Program and the Victor Valley Community College Paramedic Academy. In December 2012, he was appointed to the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services.
He has a Masters Degree in Emergency Services Administration, Bachelor Degrees in Zoology and Emergency Medical Care, and Associate Degrees in Paramedic Studies and Fire Administration, and numerous certifications in fire studies.
Please welcome your 2017 Fire Chief of the Year, Mark Hartwig from San Bernardino County FD.