Felipe Rodriguez was sworn in as the Fire Chief for the City of Folsom on June 1, 2017. Chief Rodriguez will oversee the Folsom Fire Department’s $17 million budget and 68 employees in four fire stations serving the City of Folsom. Operations include fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical services, prevention, public education, and hazardous materials response. The Fire Department’s mission is to work together to provide superior services in a safe, thorough, and efficient manner.
Chief Rodriguez was born and raised in San Francisco, CA, and moved to San Mateo, CA, during high school. After graduating from Burlingame High School, he moved to the eastern part of Sacramento and attended Folsom Lake College. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1994 and was trained as a Hospital Corpsman.
Chief Rodriguez was hired by the City of Stockton Fire Department in 1999, serving as a Firefighter, Firefighter-Paramedic, and Fire Captain. The diverse types of emergencies he responded to while working in Stockton, prepared him to develop as a field commander. Additionally, he served as a SWAT Medic prior to promoting to Fire Captain. He was then hired by the City of Oceanside Fire Department in 2012, serving as a Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, and Division Chief. While assigned as a Chief Officer, he responded to several campaign wildland fires throughout the State of California and was qualified as a Strike Team Leader.
Chief Rodriguez has held a variety of leadership positions throughout his career, including being a State of California Fire Training Registered Instructor, Hazardous Materials Team Captain, Deputy Director of Training- EMS, Line Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Manager, Administrative Chief, and Division Chief of Training.
While serving as a Navy reservist, Chief Rodriguez was activated following the September 11th attacks and was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He is a long-standing member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Knights of Columbus.
Chief Rodriguez earned a Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Studies, both from California State University, Long Beach. He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program.
Chief Rodriguez holds the following State of California certifications, licenses, and memberships: Chief Officer, Fire Officer, Fire Prevention Officer, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Licensed Paramedic, Registered Fire Instructor, Qualified Strike Team Leader, Member of Cal Chiefs.