The Brea Fire Department
is the agency that provides fire protection
and emergency medical services
for Brea, California
. The current Chief is Al Nero who joined the Brea Fire Department in 1999 after spending 24 years with the City of Oakland, California
When the city of Brea was incorporated in 1917, the Brea Fire Services Department was founded. The fire station was co-located in City Hall with the Brea Police Department
and the city's administrative staff. Until the 1930s, it was an all volunteer department.
The first fire truck was a 1923 Seagrave
truck nicknamed "Old Susie", purchased for $
The first major incident for the department occurred in 1926 when lightning
struck the Union Oil
fields, starting an oil fire that burned for a week sending flaming oil flowing downhill into the nearby city of Fullerton
In 1938, A.G. Ellis was promoted to Fire Chief. He was instrumental in modernizing the department. During his time as Chief, the number of paid personnel in the department was increased to 18. He also built a two-way radio that was installed in the Seagrave engine allowing the firefighters to communicate with a dispatcher while they were in the field. Two more pumpers were purchased and plans were begun to build a separate fire station.
In 1965, Station 1 was built and all Fire Department offices were moved... Read More