REDDING, Calif. – The City of Redding welcomed a new fire chief to town.
It’s been a month since Chief Jerrod Vanlandingham came to lead the Redding Fire Department, and the new fire chief has jumped right into the job.
“It's been a whirlwind. I've been learning the entire system and it's completely different from where I came from in Colorado,” said Vanlandingham.
“But it's good people and good connections and I’m realizing we have a lot of work to do.”
Vanlandingham has big plans for the Redding Fire Department.
“I take it upon us as our role, at the Redding Fire Department, to utilize the resources that we do have to our best advantage,” said Vanlandingham.
Vanlandingham is no stranger to Redding, having started his career in Northern California.
“Redding is where I started my career in the fire service,” said Vanlandingham. “I attended Shasta College and went to the Fire Academy and the EMT school here.
“I’m no stranger to the wildland area by any means.”
The new chief hopes to use his experience and skills to keep the Redding Fire Department moving forward.
“We're all here to serve the public the best we can in terms of tackling emergencies,” said Vanlandingham.
“There is some cooperation and collaboration that I think we can build upon.”
During his first month, Vanlandingham met with Redding fire crews. During November, he plans to meet with various Redding city leaders.
Chief Vanlandingham's first day with the department was on Oct. 5. He replaces retired Redding Fire Chief Cullen Kreider.