Coalinga’s New Fire Chief

Gregory (Greg) DuPuis

Welcome the City of Coalinga’s New Fire Chief

The City of Coalinga is excited to welcome our new Fire Chief, Gregory (Greg) W. DuPuis!

Chief DuPuis comes to the City of Coalinga from the City of Sanger, which has a very similarly structured Fire Department.

Chief DuPuis began his fire career at the City of Sanger in 2003 as a Firefighter/Paramedic.  In that role, he provided fire suppression services in structural and wildland environments as well as emergency medical services.  He conducted public education and fire prevention duties and served as a member of the rescue team which included swift water, technical rope, and trench rescue.

In 2008, he was promoted into the position of Fire/Arson Investigator where he served as the Investigations Unit Supervisor responsible for origin and cause determination.  He was responsible for managing the unit’s budget and training new investigators.

He then promoted into the position of Administrative Captain working directly under the Fire Chief.  As the Administrative Captain, he was tasked with managing the day to day operations of the Fire Prevention Bureau as the Community Risk Reduction Officer, supervising Fire Inspectors and Fire Code Compliance Officers, reviewing and approving plans for new and existing buildings, assisting with developing and revising local codes and ordinances, performing inspections and investigations, managing the part-time non-safety pilot program, and serving as the Fire Chief in the Fire Chief’s absence.

Chief DuPuis has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration, an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology, and a long list of certifications including, but not limited to, Chief Fire Officer, HAZMAT Incident Commander, Fire Inspector I, Background Investigator, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Investigator I, Fire Officer, Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator I, Firefighter II, Firefighter I, HAZMAT First Responder, and ICS 100, 200, 300, 700 and 800.

Honors include being awarded Sanger Fire Department’s Customer Service Award in 2019, Sanger Fire Department’s Firefighter of the Year in 2015, and Central Valley Safety Society’s Life Saving Award in 2004.

Chief DuPuis is a member of the Central Valley Fire Prevention Officers Association, the Central California Arson Investigators, the Central Valley Arson Investigators, Fire Investigative Strike Team, and California State Firefighter’s Association.

While we would love to host an in-person Meet the Chief event for the community, the current COVID-19 pandemic is preventing us from doing so.  Instead, we will be hosting a Meet the Chief event via Zoom.  The event will take place on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.  To log in, please visit https://zoom.us/j/4730742921?pwd=eVYwaFJkb3BpUURPcGFWQTJJNExHdz09

Meeting ID: 473 074 2921
Password: 3Yq6n2

Chief DuPuis is excited to begin this new journey and serve this great community.

He can be reached at gdupuis@coalinga.com or (559) 935-1533 ext. 301.

Please join in welcoming Greg DuPuis as Coalinga’s new Fire Chief.