FREMONT -- In hiring a new fire chief, the city turned to a familiar face.
Geoff LaTendresse, a 22-year veteran of the Fremont Fire Department, has been hired as its permanent chief, City Manager Fred Diaz said Wednesday.
"I have had the privilege to work with Geoff over the past eight years and recognize his outstanding service to the Fremont Fire Department and the city of Fremont," Diaz said.
LaTendresse will oversee all operations of the department, which has 11 fire stations and 153 full-time employees, including 136 firefighters. He is replacing Bruce Martin, who served as Fremont fire's chief for seven years.
LaTendresse was appointed Fremont's interim chief since June, when Martin retired. He spent the first five years of his career with the Campbell Fire Department before joining Fremont's in 1990. Over time, he worked his way up through the ranks, serving as firefighter/paramedic, captain/paramedic, division chief and deputy chief before his recent promotion.
The new chief will earn an annual salary of $197,000, Fremont spokeswoman Cheryl Golden said.
LaTendresse earned a bachelor's degree in health science from San Diego State and holds professional certificates from the National Fire Academy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the California Fire Service Training and Education System.
He was raised in Fremont, where he attended Vallejo Mill and Gomes elementary schools, Hopkins Junior High and Mission San Jose High. His parents still live in the city's Mission San Jose district.
"Fremont is my hometown and I am humbled by appointment to Fremont fire chief," LaTendresse said.
The chief's badge-pinning ceremony is scheduled Nov. 13 at a City Council meeting.
"I look forward to serving and leading the men and women of the Fremont Fire Department in the years ahead," he said.
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