The Visalia Fire Department Chief and Director of Emergency Management announced his retirement Friday after a more than four decade-long career.
Chief Doug McBee just completed his fourty-second year in the fire service, and has served in Visalia for the past six years.
Prior to coming to Visalia, he served in various leading roles in Colorado firefighting agencies.
McBee is set to retire on May 10 from Visalia.
During his time in Visalia, he oversaw the construction of a fire station, the Visalia Emergency Communication Center that houses the dispatch center, and the Emergency Operations Center and Fire Administration.
McBee says of his retirement and the state of the department:
“I have been in the fire service most of my adult life and have been fortunate to work for three great fire departments. Most of all, I am honored to be the Fire Chief of Visalia which is truly a caring, committed professional organization taking care of the emergency needs of our citizens. I could not be more proud of the men and women I am fortunate to serve in VFD. It is a true honor to be the chief in our 150th year of service to our community and represent such an outstanding organization.”
He is looking forward to spending time with his family and traveling, the department says.