Nevada County Consolidated Fire Chief Tim Fike is confirming he plans to retire in June of this year. After 30 years in Fire Service he says he felt the time was right to step down after securing a special assessment for the consolidated district to move forward with enough full time firefighters to provide service to the 35 thousand residents in the district.
“That tax was 100% about public safety, period. It got real personal on a lot of fronts and a lot of accusations were made about different aspects of it and I think a lot of people weren’t looking at what the actual goal is and that is to keep public safety in Nevada County at its highest.”
Chief Fike began his firefighting career with the Watt Park Fire District which was there before the Nevada county Fairgrounds and was also a firefighter with the US forest Service. He says there will likely be a national search for a New Fire Chief but the process has not begun yet.