New fire chief for Livermore-Pleasanton to be sworn in today

Former Modesto chief James Miguel has 27 years of fire service experience

James Miguel will be sworn in as the new chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department today, succeeding former Fire Chief Bill Cody, who retired last October.

The top post has been vacant since then while City Manager Linda Barton of Livermore and City Manager Nelson Fialho of Pleasanton jointly led a search for a new chief.

Miguel has 27 years of fire service experience, including eight years as fire chief for the Modesto Fire Department, which he just resigned to take his new position here.

As fire chief, Miguel will oversee a 129-member department that serves both Livermore and Pleasanton and handles emergency medical response, fire suppression, rescue emergencies, hazardous materials incidents and more. The department also provides public education and emergency preparedness for local residents and businesses.

The traditional pinning ceremony will start at 3 p.m. today at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department headquarters, 3560 Nevada St., at the corner of Nevada and Bernal Avenue near the Bernal Avenue bridge in Pleasanton.

The event will include the posting of colors by the fire department's Color Guard and welcoming addresses by officials of both cities. The public is invited.

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