A new chief has been appointed to Cal Fire's unit that serves San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
Chief Ian Larkin, who has more than 28 years of fire service under his belt and recently served as the unit's deputy chief of operations, was named to the post by Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlot, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection announced May 17.
Chief Larkin is replacing Chief Scotty Jalbert, who recently transferred to the Cal Fire San Luis Obispo Unit.
As the new unit chief, Chief Larkin will also serve as fire chief for Cal Fire's cooperative system with San Mateo County, Santa Cruz County, Pajaro Dunes and the fire protection districts of Pajaro Valley and Coastside.
Cal Fire's San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit has 260 staff members across 17 fire stations and 110 volunteers at eight more stations in the two counties, Cal Fire officials said.
Chief Larkin is a fifth-generation Santa Cruz resident, said Nancy Gordon, Cal Fire's director of general services for Santa Cruz County. "We are lucky to have such a talented community-invested individual," she said.