City of Clovis appoints new fire chief

Daniel Leon | Reporter

Clovis city manager Rob Woolley announced the assignment of John Binaski as the new fire chief of the Clovis Fire Department over the July 4 weekend.

Binaski, 45, takes over for former fire chief Micheal Despain, who departed to take the same position in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“We are losing a great asset with Chief Despain’s departure,” Woolley said in a statement. “But I have complete confidence in Chief Binaski’s ability of leading the great men and women of the Clovis Fire Department in the coming years.”

Binaski started as a Deputy Fire Chief with the Clovis Fire Department in 2013. Prior to his Clovis tenure, he served for the City of Tulare Fire Department where he worked his way up to Division Chief in 2011.

Since arriving in Clovis, Binaski’s highlights include improving the ISO rating to Class 2, renewing the department’s accreditation status in 2013, improving survival rates for victims of cardiac arrest and updating the department’s fleet.

Binaski’s resume includes over 25 years of fire service experience that also includes involvement with the Kingsburg Fire Department and Orange County Fire Department.

His work history also includes experience in operations, fire prevention, training, investigations and emergency medical services.

During his time with the Tulare Fire Department, Binaski was also the fire technology coordinator at College of the Sequoias.

Binaski graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Master of Science Degree in emergency services administration and he is certified by the State Fire Marshal as a Chief Officer and Master Instructor. He also holds a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and went through the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI).

Chief Binaski’s tenure is effective starting July 16.

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