The Coast News Group

Ranch fire chief ready to retire

RANCHO SANTA FE — After almost 35 years in the fire service, Fire Chief Nicholas “Nick” Pavone announced he plans to retire in October of this year.
“I am very grateful for the opportunities that I have been afforded during my tenure here at RSF,” Pavone wrote in an e-mail to staff. “We are so fortunate to work in an organization and community that appreciates its employees for their commitment and dedication. I am also very proud to be part of the tradition of excellence that has been part of the hallmark of this district.”
Pavone began his career 1975 as a volunteer with the Pismo Beach Fire Department. Since joining the Fire District in 1979, he has served as a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant captain, deputy chief-training chief, EMS chief, support services chief, fire marshal and deputy chief in charge of operations.
He succeeded Erwin Willis as fire chief in the fall of 2005 following Willis’ retirement. Pavone is looking forward to new opportunities and spending more time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
The board of directors will begin the process of selecting a new fire chief this summer.