Susanville Fire Chief James Moore pins a badge on the recently appointed Assistant Fire Chief Tom Hernandez. Photos by Makenzie Davis

New assistant fire chief Hernandez recognized at badge pinning ceremony

Tom Hernandez has been sworn in as the new assistant fire chief for the Susanville Fire Department.

Hernandez was sworn in during his badge pinning ceremony at the Wednesday, Nov. 4 Susanville City Council meeting.

Susanville Mayor Mendy Schuster swears in Assistant Fire Chief Tom Hernandez during the badge pinning ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 4.

According to Susanville Fire Chief James Moore, Hernandez has been with the department more than 18 years, starting as a volunteer with a vehicle mechanical background and working through the ranks at the department.

“After an internal recruitment process, Captain Hernandez at the time was found to be one of the successful applicants to promote to the assistant chief position to fill behind Chief Dan Weaver who left us this spring to retire and start a new career at Lassen College,” Moore said.