The mission of Fire Administration is to provide leadership and vision for the Department that is consistent with City Council policies and community expectations; support the success of our members by budgeting for training opportunities and state-of-the art equipment; and provide leadership in city-wide emergency management. Fire Administration supports the Department’s efforts to maintain a safe community and contribute to an improved quality of life by providing innovative and progressive public safety services. By engaging the community in our mission through open and continuous community outreach, the Department seeks to ensure that services be industry-leading and relevant to the needs of residents, visitors and businesses in the community. By applying the core values of Accountability, Integrity and Flexibility, the Department helps lead Pasadena towards a safer, more secure and prosperous community for the future.
Fire Administration’s overall responsibilities include management of fiscal affairs, personnel, emergencies, and disaster services. The Division is responsible for agenda reports, training records, budgeting, procurement, payroll, information technology management, personnel actions, grants, strategic planning and administrative oversight of the Verdugo Fire Communications Center. Fire Administration also strives to foster and maintain relationships and partnerships with other City departments, community groups, professional organizations, neighboring jurisdictions and other government agencies in ways that contribute to the best possible service delivery to our customers.
Chief Augustin comes to Pasadena from the Sacramento Fire Department (SFD) where he worked for more than 20 years and in a broad range of areas including operations, administration, human resources, professional standards, training, emergency medical services and fire prevention. SFD is a full-service agency with 650 sworn and 70 civilian employees serving large, diverse community of 500,000. Chief Augustin began as a Firefighter Paramedic and moved through the ranks to the position he held since 2015 as Deputy Fire Chief allowing him the opportunity to work in every division in the department.
Chief Augustin earned a Master of Legal Studies degree from the University of Arizona where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Waldorf University, and holds a Chief Officer Certification from the California State Board of Fire Services. He is a certified paramedic and has worked as a flight paramedic for numerous years.
In his free time, Chief Augustin enjoys CrossFit, Aviation as a fixed-wing pilot and working with the youth in the community to achieve their goals.
Chief Augustin serves as the 12th Pasadena Fire Chief. He loves living and working in Pasadena and truly enjoys getting to know our community.