Mike Kaslin retired on May 1, 2017 from CAL FIRE as the Unit Chief after 30 years in the fire service. His years of command experience have assured emergency resources, personnel, and equipment were trained, available, and ready to respond to fires and all-risk incidents. His assignments on CAL FIRE’s Incident Management Teams as Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief has developed positive working relationships with various groups, including political officials and governmental representatives at the federal, state, and local levels, cooperating agencies, media, landowners.
Mike was responsible for the Unit’s budget, personnel functions, staffing, performance, promotions, and safety. He also managed an emergency command center, Conservation Crew Camp and represented fire management at the State level.
Through out the years, Mike served in numerous other capacities. As the Fire Chief for the Cameron Park Fire Department, his assignment included administrative oversight for the Fire Department, budget forecast and preparation, department short and long range planning, and response(s) to emergencies. This detail also included Statewide Strike Team Leader and Operational Division Group Supervisor assignments.
Mike also served as the primary instructor for Structure Fire Training for the State of California. Details included instruction and coordination of academy training in all areas of fire service training. The extremely comprehensive training program at the California Fire Academy involved Rescue, Wildland Firefighting, and Fire Apparatus Operations.
As a paramedic since 1984, Mike represented the Department’s Emergency Medical Services and assisted with coordination of instruction and program compliance with the State EMS Authority. Mike started his fire service career in April of 1988 as a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Salinas Fire Department. Mike also served part-time as a helicopter flight medic for rescues. As a California State Peace Officer, he responded as needed for arson and other law enforcement details. Mike has a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Mike is happily married to his wife Alison. They have been together for over 32 years. They currently reside in Cameron Park, California. He has three children. His son Ben is an Engineer Paramedic for CAL FIRE in San Mateo County. His daughters, Jennifer and Sarah are college graduates. Jennifer has her Masters and is a high school teacher for Agriculture in Gridley California. Sarah has her Bachelors and works for Chico State Farms as an Agriculture specialist.