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Justin McDonald

Position: Fire Chief
Term: Appointed June 21, 2016
Appointing Authority: Board of Directors
Mailing Address:
2149 Central Ave. McKinleyville, CA 95519

As a fifth-generation Humboldt County native, I am extremely proud to be able to serve my community.  I joined the Arcata Fire District in 1994 as a Volunteer Firefighter and was hired seven years later as part of the Career Firefighter staff.  My roots in this community and in the Arcata Fire District run deep.  My great uncle, Rollo Guthridge, sat on the District Board for many years.  My dad, Dennis, followed along the same path and became a Board Member shortly after I joined as a volunteer.  Following in my footsteps, my brother, Ross, joined as a Volunteer Firefighter and currently a career Fire Captain.  I was fortunate to have been promoted in June 2016 as the 33rd fire chief of this organization.  

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies from CSU Long Beach in 2009.  I strive to continue my education through professional development in the fire services, completing my Chief Officer certification from the State Fire Training in 2016.  

When I began as a volunteer firefighter, I knew that my future would lie within the Arcata Fire District.  I want to continue to serve the community that has been so influential in my life.  I have waited my entire career for this opportunity, and I look forward to the challenges that lay ahead. 


Justin McDonald

Fire Chief

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