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KINGSBURG – Timothy E. Sendelbach has been named as Kingsburg’s interim fire chief, City Manager Alex Henderson said in a press release today. His first day will be Jan. 21.

Outgoing Fire Chief Tim Ray retired as of December 2018.

Sendelbach is a 33-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, formerly serving as the editor-in-chief and conference director for Firehouse. He oversaw the content and editorial direction of Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse.com, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World and related products.

Sendelbach is a past-president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and has served as an assistant fire chief with the North Las Vegas Fire Department, as the chief of training for Savannah Fire and Emergency Services and as assistant fire chief for Missouri City, Texas Fire and Rescue Services. He is a credentialed chief fire officer and chief training officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Sendelbach earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Bellevue University, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and Arson, and an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Care from Eastern Kentucky University.

In 2015, the interim chief was recognized by Eastern Kentucky University College of Justice and Safety Alumni Society as a distinguished alumnus in recognition for his significant contributions and outstanding service to the justice and safety community. In 2014, he presented the keynote address for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Life Safety Summit in Tampa, Florida. This event was attended by 200 of the most influential leaders in the American fire service. In 2007, Sendelbach presented the keynote address at the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis and was also selected to serve on the City of Charleston’s Post-Incident Assessment and Review Team following the tragic loss of nine firefighters in the Sofa Super Store Fire. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Innovator of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors for his innovative training ideas and concepts in the area of firefighter safety and survival. In 2001, he was awarded the George Hughes Award from the Texas Association of Fire Educators for his accomplishments as a speaker and trainer in the state of Texas.

Sendelbach is a strong advocate for firefighter health and wellness and frequently competes in long distance triathlons and related fitness events around the world.

Kingsburg will begin the recruitment process for a full-time fire chief in the coming weeks.

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