Jeff Willis began working for the Big Bear City Fire Department in 1984 as a Fire Fighter. Since that time he has held the positions of Fire Fighter, Engineer, Captain, Division Chief, Assistant Chief, and in January 2008 became the youngest Fire Chief for Big Bear City Fire Department. He has responded to a number of type one and two incidents throughout the State of California. Through each of these incidents he has gained valuable knowledge necessary to successfully lead and manage large scale and significant incidents.
Chief Willis is a natural leader with vision and knowledge to carry the Big Bear Fire Authority into the future. Current projects include building a historical foundation to allow young fire fighters the education of the Big Bear Valley fire service roots; hosting community meetings to keep citizens apprised of the progress the two agencies are making in its quest to be one; enhanced training for fire crews; and much more! Chief Willis wants to maintain the current excellent customer service that the fire service has provided to the community over the years. He has an open door policy and invites anyone to discuss current issues, questions, etc.
"I am honored to have been chosen to lead both agencies to a new era of combined services for the Big Bear Valley. I look forward to the future of many successes and economic stability within the Big Bear Fire Department."