Jay Stevens

Jay Stevens

Jay W. Stevens

(1923-1938, 1942-1943)

Governor Friend William Richardson appointed Chief Jay Stevens (an Official of the Board of Fire Insurance Underwriters) as the “First” California State Fire Marshal in 1923. Chief Stevens started fighting fires as a young rookie fireman at the Portland, Oregon, Fire Department in 1904 and became the first State Fire Marshal for the state of Oregon in 1913. In 1922, he moved to the San Francisco area to take the position of Fire Prevention Chief for the National Board of Fire Underwriters, a position that held held for 38 years. He also spent a year in charge of the fire protection division of the Office of Civilian Defense for the Ninth Region. For many years, he had been one of the leaders in organizations of fire chiefs.

Chief Stevens was not compensated for his efforts as California's State Fire Marshal. In 1957 the State Assembly adopted and presented Chief Jay Stevens with a “Concurrent Resolution” for the 53-years of fire service to California and the nation.