Meet the Chief

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Chief Brice comes to the Mount Vernon Fire Department with 27 years of firefighting and EMS experience. Most recently he has been working as the Fire Chief for the City of Oxnard, where he oversaw 8 fire stations, fire prevention, emergency planning departments and a staff of 128 personnel.

Prior to that assignment Chief Brice worked as a Division Chief for the Orange County Fire Authority and served the cities of Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, and Lake Forest as their local Fire Chief. In his 27 years of service Chief Brice has worked as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief and Fire Chief. He has served on the Hazardous Materials Response Team, FEMA’s Urban Search & Rescue Team, and as Deputy Fire Marshal overseeing the Pre-Fire Management and Strategic Services Sections. Chief Brice has a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal State Long Beach, and received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Brandman University.

When asked about some key accomplishments he noted the design and delivery of terrorism training to all police and fire officers in Orange County; development of OCFA’s five-year strategic plan; development of fire service proposals for potential partner cities; and leading the team involved in a long-term solution for Urban Search & Rescue logistical needs.

Chief Brice has been married to his wife Wendy for 25 years and they have four children; Brandon, Kevin, Justin, and Katelyn. He enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to having access to the many outdoor activities that Washington offers.