575 Administration Drive – November 12, 2013 – The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors announced the appointment of Alfred “Al” Terrell today as the Fire Chief and Director of the Fire and Emergency Services Department. The Sonoma County Fire and Emergency Services Department is dedicated to protecting our communities, wild land, and environment from the impacts of fire, medical emergency situations, hazardous materials release, and natural and human caused disasters. Chief Terrell has served for the previous 5 years as Fire Chief of the City of West Sacramento and currently the head of the California State Fire Chiefs Association.
“Sonoma County is fortunate to have Al joining our County family and community,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman David Rabbitt. “Al has extensive experience and accomplishments both in the area of fire services and with emergency planning and response, a strong sense of collaborative work, and demonstrated leadership at the State level.” County Administrator Veronica Ferguson underscored the competitive nature of the recruitment as well as the qualities that set Mr. Terrell apart. “We had over 75 applicants nationwide. Local volunteer fire fighters, chiefs, department heads, and County department heads participated in the selection panel, and the breadth of Al’s experience and leadership stood out for everyone.”
Chief Terrell joined the fire service in 1986 and has promoted through the ranks in various jurisdictions including; Fire Marshall, Assistant Fire Chief, Battalion Chief, Fire Captain and Fire Fighter. As Battalion Chief for Corte Madera Fire Department, Mr. Terrell served as Training Director where he coordinated and personally trained volunteer fire fighters, an experience that helped him recognize the challenges and rewards of facing a volunteer fire service.
In addition to the fire services, Mr. Terrell has rich experience in emergency services, including overseeing the expansion of the CERT program, a volunteer, community-based, emergency preparation program and the coordination of several emergency response events as the Fire Chief of West Sacramento. He has completed the Terrorism Liaison Officer training, and the Emergency Disaster Preparedness Coordinator training offered by the Sacramento Office of Homeland Defense and Security, Regional Threat Assessment Center.
“I am excited about this opportunity to join the esteemed Sonoma County Executive Staff,” said Chief Terrell. “And, I am prepared and eager to work with the dedicated and skilled volunteer companies throughout the County. I plan to provide leadership and direction in partnership with those who have dedicated their service to the County to further develop the fire and emergency services program to function as an exemplary community service based agency.”
In 2010, Chief Terrell received two awards exemplifying his leadership skills, the Team Leader, West Sacramento Emergency Management Team of the Year, and the Team Leader of Community Emergency Response Team, West Sacramento Team Achievement Award. Chief Terrell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management, he is a graduate of the California Fire Chiefs Association Executive Leadership Academy, and he is a Dillard University Executive Fire Service Management and Leadership Graduate. Chief Terrell is certified by the Office of the California State Marshall as a Chief Officer, Level III Master Fire Instructor, Level III Fire Prevention Officer and a Hazardous Materials Specialist. And, he has completed the California Association of Public Information Officials Russell Ruffin’s Public Safety News Media Relations, Public Information Officer Training.
Chief Terrell will assume the Department Director position on December 2, 2013. The salary range for the Director of the Fire and Emergency Services Department is approximately $137,400 - $167,000.
Alfred "Al" Terrell