Modesto fire chief appointed
September 12, 2017
• Alan Ernst is named
• Has held every rank in the fire department
Alan Ernst, a 26 year veteran of the fire service, has been named fire chief for the city of Modesto.
He began his career in Modesto as a firefighter in 1997. Mr. Ernst has held every rank in the fire department, including extensive experience in training and emergency operations. He was the department training officer as a battalion chief, a shift battalion chief, the support division chief and the operations division chief.
Mr. Ernst is a certified strike team leader and has led numerous deployments to large wildfires throughout the state. In addition to the strike team leader, he is certified as a Type 3 Incident Commander. During the floods of 2017, he was the incident commander of the management team put in place to manage the event for Modesto, Ceres, and those served by the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District.
“Having had the opportunity to ‘grow up’ in this fire department, I am truly humbled and honored to lead the men and women who proudly serve our community,” says Mr. Ernst.
A formal swearing-in ceremony will be conducted at 4 p.m. on September 28, at Fire Station 1, located at 600 11th Street.