San Bernardino County Fire New Chief Appointees

San Bernardino County Fire has made several new appointments to it’s heirarchy. Assistant Chief Jim Johnstone has been appointed to serve as Deputy Fire Chief; overseeing all aspects of firefighting operations. Don Trapp is the new Assistant Fire Chief, and Dan Munsey is the new High Desert Division Fire Chief.
Chief Johnstone began his career with the San Bernardino County Fire Department in 1985 as a Firefighter Paramedic in Lake Arrowhead. During his career with County Fire, Chief Johnstone has worked his way through the ranks, promoting to Battalion Chief in early 2008, Division Chief in 2011 and Assistant Chief in August 2014.
Chief Johnstone has served as a Technical Rescue Coordinator in the Mountain Division, and as a Rescue Team Manager on County Fire’s Regional Taskforce 6. Chief Johnstone is qualified as a Type 2 Operations Chief through the Fire Incident Management System and has served as a Division/Group Supervisor on Southern California Incident Management Team #2. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of California Riverside in Administration.
Johnstone fills the vacancy left by Deputy Chief Dan Odom upon his recent retirement after serving 42 years in the fire service.
Chief Johnstone and his wife Bridgett reside in Lake Arrowhead and have seven grown children and three grandchildren. He and his family enjoy numerous outdoor activities together.
New Assistant Chief Don Trapp will oversee Human Resources, Public Information Office, Support Services, the day to day fiscal operations and special projects.
Chief Trapp became interested in the fire service right out of high school and became a Paid-Call Firefighter for the California Department of Forestry in Temecula. Chief Trapp began his full-time fire service career with San Bernardino County Fire in 1989 assigned to Fontana. He has diligently worked his way through the ranks and was promoted in March 2012 to Division Chief of the High Desert Division (Division 3); one of the most challenging geographic areas within San Bernardino County.
Throughout his career in County Fire, Chief Trapp has remained heavily involved in the communities we serve. He has served on the Emergency Medical Services committee, and co-chaired both the Operations Leadership Team and the Hiring, Testing & Development committees.
Chief Trapp and his wife Sheila are committed to their family and community. They cherish their family time most and love to explore new places.
Chief Trapp fills the vacancy left due to the promotion of Jim Johnstone to Deputy Chief.
Fire Chief Mark Hartwig announced the appointment of Battalion Chief Dan Munsey as the High Desert Division Chief for San Bernardino County Fire effective March 22. Chief Munsey previously served in the Training & Special Operations Division of County Fire.
Chief Munsey began his career in the fire service in 1995 as a Paid-Call Firefighter. He became a full-time firefighter in 1998, where he was assigned to Lake Arrowhead. He has worked in every division of County Fire, promoting to Captain in 2004 and Battalion Chief in 2008.
The High Desert Division (Division 3) is one of the most challenging geographic areas within San Bernardino County. On the division’s northern boundary, is the Inyo county line and continues east. Its eastern boundary is the State of Nevada, and the world famous Gambling Mecca of Las Vegas. Division 3 is home to the largest off highway vehicle recreational area in the United States. Other beautiful outdoor areas located in Division 3 include the Mojave Desert National Preserve, Afton Canyon, Dumont Dunes Recreational Area, Rainbow Basin, the Trona Pinnacles, the Mojave River, and the community of Baker, which serves as the gateway to the Death Valley National Park. This Division is truly a challenge for our firefighters who contend with overwhelming obstacles such as Interstate 15, daily accommodating over 220,000 vehicles and 60 trains that have an average length of 4,000 feet.
Chief Munsey holds a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis on business and government and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. He has also earned an associate’s degree in business administration and in fire technology. In 2013, Chief Munsey graduated from the Management & Leadership Academy; a County program that provide comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Participants gain theoretical and practical knowledge of public service management and leadership practices, with specific emphasis on understanding their application within San Bernardino County.
“I look forward to continuing the efforts and work of Assistant Chief Don Trapp and his efforts to further improve the level of fire service provided to all areas of the High Desert,” stated Division Chief Munsey. “Staying committed to community based fire protection is essential.”
Chief Munsey and his wife Amanda have four children and reside in Yucca Valley. They are avid Angel’s fans, and enjoy the outdoor activities offered in the region.

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