Deputy Fire Chief Vince Pena has been with the Los Angeles County Fire Department since 1981. Chief Pena has held the positions of firefighter, firefighter paramedic, firefighter specialist, fire camp foreman, fire captain, battalion chief, assistant fire chief and deputy fire chief.
As a chief officer, battalion chief assignments have included Battalion 5 in Malibu, Battalion 16 in Covina, Battalion 20 in Inglewood and Battalion 2 in San Dimas. He also served as the camp section battalion chief for the paid camps and heavy equipment unit. As an assistant fire chief, he was assigned to Division 2 in the east San Gabriel Valley and the Air & Wildland Division.
Chief Pena is currently assigned as the deputy fire chief of the North Regional Operations Bureau, which oversees the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Santa Clarita and La Canada Flintridge, as well as the Technical Operations Unit and Air & WIldland Division of the Department. He has also served as operations section chief for the Department on many large wildland incidents and is currently the incident commander of the Department’s Incident Management Team 1.
Chief Pena attended East Los Angeles College, University of La Verne, and the Executive Leadership Development Program for the County of Los Angeles. He also instructs incident command courses for the Fire Department and throughout the country.