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Gehrig Browning

Position: Division Chief - Operations

Division Chief Browning has been with San Miguel Fire & Rescue for 30 years, beginning in 1990 as a Reserve Firefighter. He was hired on as a full-time Firefighter in 1991, promoted to Engineer in 1997, and became a California Licensed, County of San Diego Accredited Paramedic in 1998. In 2002, he promoted to Fire Captain, working out of Station 16 and serving the community of La Presa for the majority of his time as Captain. Browning has continued to promote through the ranks, becoming Battalion Chief in 2017 and now his present role as Division Chief since 2019.

As the Operations Division Chief, he oversees Fire/EMS Operations, Fleet Maintenance, and Facilities. During his time at San Miguel, he has served as a training officer, Reserve Program Coordinator, EMS Coordinator, and has served as the Department’s Liaison officer to the CHP’s dignitary protection division. He has also been involved with numerous community outreach programs including work with the CERT Program and The Burn Institute. He has worked on many large scale-incidents including the 2003 Cedar Fire and the 2007 Harris Fire, and in 2018, he served as a Task Force Leader for a group of resources from all over the United States, Australia and New Zealand during the Carr Incident in Northern California.