The San Luis Obispo City Fire Department reached into the Paso Robles department to fill its No. 2 position.
Fire Chief Garret Olson hired Keith Aggson to be the new SLOFD deputy fire chief replacing the long-serving Jeff Gater, who retired at the end of December. Gater had worked 30 years with SLOFD.
Dep. Chief Aggson was the battalion fire chief for the Paso Robles since May 2015 and has some 28 years of experience in the fire service, according to a news release from the department. Before Paso Robles, Aggson was a fire captain in Atascadero, and a captain/paramedic for Templeton Fire, where he also served a stint as interim fire chief.
DC Aggson is a member of the County Type III All Hazards Emergency Response Team; is a qualified strike team leader and division group supervisor; and a former president of the Cal Chiefs Southern Section Training Officers.
He is also a past member of FIRESCOPE Safety Sub Committee of the SLO County Hazardous Materials Incident Team and an active member of the Paso Robles Rotary Club.
“Keith brings strong leadership skills and great knowledge of our local operations to this vital position,” Chief Olson said. “Regionally, he has defined himself as a kind and credible servant and a positive leader. Keith’s thoughtful, direct and solution-focused attitude makes him an incredible addition to our Fire Department family and to the City leadership team.”
The deputy fire chief supervises emergency response crews, oversees the department’s training program, and leads the City’s disaster preparedness education efforts. DC Aggson will be active in helping the department complete a new strategic plan over the coming months, said Chief Olson.
Deputy Chief Aggson and his wife, Jessica, live in Templeton and have a son, Justin, who lives in Atascadero. His first day with SLOFD was Jan. 12.
“It is a great honor and privilege to be chosen as part of the leadership team for the San Luis Obispo Fire Department,” DC Aggson said. “We have several great opportunities ahead of us to further improve services I look forward in tackling as a member of the department.”