Susanville Fire Chief announces retirement

Continuing its effort to recognize local heroes, the Lassen Community College Athletics Department honored Susanville Fire Chief James Moore in February 2019. LCC Athletic Director Glen Yonan, right, presents Moore with a plaque recognizing his service to the community.

Susanville Fire Chief James Moore announced his retirement today, effective Aug. 11, 2023. Here is the text of Moore’s retirement letter.

I feel that the time has come in my life to make a decision that always sounded easy, which in all reality is not! After a fair amount of self-reflection, discussion with my family, and many nights of contemplation, I must report that I intend to retire as the City of Susanville Fire Chief effective Aug, 11, 2023.

Contemplating this decision has absolutely been one of the most difficult processes I have undertaken in my professional career; likely due to my commitment and love for the city, our community, and the Fire Department. As a young man, the Fire Department took me in and accepted me. They are an instrumental group that is particularly responsible for the person I have become. The city has always taken great care of my family and me, and for that I am grateful.

After becoming the chief, I vowed to work with and support our city, treat our citizens as family, fairly and consistently enforce all applicable laws, codes, rules, and regulations, and keep our community safe from harm. I took this responsibility seriously and feel that I can report back with successful completion. I will always be fond of the relationships which have been fostered among our staff, specifically our senior staff who have come together in unity to successfully attack an array of tasks and pitfalls that continually plague and menace our organization, recommending successful remedies and implementing solutions.

I don’t generally like to use the word proud, but I am proud to have received the opportunity to be an employee of the city of Susanville for 23 years and serve our citizens for the last 36 years as a member of the Susanville Fire Department.