Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Chief John R. Hawkins announced the promotion of four Cal Fire battalion chiefs to division chief on Monday morning. Chief Hawkins honored the fire service tradition of pinning collar brass on the following men:
Robert Peteren – Division Chief – Support Services
Silvio Lanzas – Division Chief – Northwest Division
Curtis Brown – Division Chief – Temecula Division
Steven Beach – Division Chief – Oak Glen Division
According to a Cal Fire release, Robert Petersen started as a firefighter with Cal Fire in San Diego in 1990. He was promoted to Fire Apparatus Engineer in 1997, and was then promoted to Fire Captain in 2005 when he transferred to Riverside County and stationed in the Blythe area. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2010 and held that position up until his latest promotion to Division Chief of Support Services. He’s married to his wife Crystal and has two daughters. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology, is a certified fire technology instructor and has earned several certificates in fire operations and administration.