REDDING, Calif. – Chief of the Redding Fire Department, Cullen Kreider, has announced his plans for retirement.
Chief Kreider said his last day with the department will be Aug. 21. He has served with the department for 27 years. Kreider led his team through the Carr Fire, Snowmageddon, the death of Fire Inspector Jeremy Stoke, and most recently, the coronavirus pandemic.
Overall, Kreider has worked in the fire service for 34 years, according to the department. He started his career as a seasonal firefighter with Cal Fire and serving as a student firefighter with the Redding Fire Department.
Kreider began working for the Redding Fire Department in 1993. In July of 2018, he was named the Interim Chief, after Gerry Gray suddenly passed away, according to the department. Kreider was officially named chief in October of 2019.