Fire Chief Mike Blood Announces Retirement

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Fire Chief Mike Blood Announces Retirement

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Mike Blood

Coronado Fire Chief Mike Blood Announces Retirement 

CORONADO, CA (May 12, 2017) – After 28 years with the Coronado Fire Department, serving in all ranks of the organization, Fire Chief Mike Blood has announced his retirement effective October 2, 2017.


As Fire Chief, Blood oversees a department of 41 full time employees from both Fire Services and the Beach Lifeguard Division. Blood manages Coronado’s Disaster Preparedness that includes the City’s Emergency Operations Center and the coordination of public education through the CERT/CERO and CPR programs.


“Mike has led a strong team of dedicated firefighters and lifeguards at various levels for more than a dozen years,” said City Manager Blair King. “We are sorry to lose him but happy for his much-deserved retirement. We wish him the best.”


Blood has worked for more than 30 years in the fire service, including 14 in a leadership position. He was named fire chief in 2011. Prior to his position as chief, Blood served as a Division Chief primarily responsible for Operations and Training. He also served as fire captain, fire engineer and a firefighter, starting in 1989.


Blood previously was a director at San Miguel Consolidated Fire Protection District. He was part of an Urban Search and Rescue team deployed to the World Trade Center just after 9/11, where he worked rescue and recovery at the site for 10 days. Twice, once in 1996 and again in 2000, Blood was named Coronado Fire Department Firefighter of the year. Currently he serves on many boards or commissions such as the Office of Emergency Services Urban Area Working Group, RCS Commission, and the Area Maritime Security Committee.


Over the years, Blood has helped battle numerous fires in Coronado as well as around San Diego County. In 2003, he spent six days and nights battling the Cedar Fire. He has been instrumental in working with Project Heart Beat to get automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, placed in every public facility in Coronado.


Blood is married and has two children. A search for his replacement will begin soon, said King, who anticipates looking for quality applicants both inside and outside of the City.


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