State Fire Marshal (Acting)
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Chief Michael J. Richwine was appointed Acting State Fire Marshal by Governor Edmund G. Brown on December 28, 2018. Prior to that, Chief Richwine served as the Assistant State Fire Marshal from 2012 to 2018. He began his fire service career 38 years ago as a firefighter with the Hanford Fire Department. His subsequent years of service include 31 years with CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal.
During Chief Richwine's career, he has risen through the ranks and held a variety of fire prevention and training positions within the OSFM, which include Chief of State Fire Training, responsible for administering the California Fire Service Training and Education System; Chief of the Fire Engineering Division where he chaired several OSFM regulatory advisory committees; and as a Deputy State Fire Marshal within Fire and Life Safety, Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Divisions; and as a Fire Service Training Specialist in the State Fire Training Division.
Chief Richwine served for six years as a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams and holds numerous professional certifications. He currently serves as ex-officio member of the Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee and the State Board of Fire Services, within the OSFM, and is a member of National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, and California Fire Chiefs Association.
Chief Richwine oversees a staff of 220 employees and has well-rounded experience in fire protection, fire prevention, and training and education programs.
Chief Richwine is married to an elementary school teacher and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.