Deputy Fire Chief Anthony James
Chief James was hired in 2006 with the Pasadena Fire Department where he has held the positions of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief. Chief James was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief July 2021. Chief James aims to learn more and frequently attends training, leadership programs, seminars and classes to better his knowledge and skillset. He has recently received certification as a Chief Fire Officer, completed the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute (leadership program), Leadership Pasadena, and became state-qualified as a Strike Team Leader.
Deputy Fire Marshal
Joe Morelli, Deputy Fire Marshal (DFM), began his career in 1999. After six years of service as a Firefighter, he joined the ranks of Fire Prevention, where he has since served in inspection, plan check, and management positions. DFM Morelli holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the Master’s College, is a Center for Public Safety Excellence Accredited Fire Marshal, a California Certified Fire Marshal, and ICC Certified Fire Plans Examiner. DFM Morelli serves on the NFPA Fire Prevention Organization and Deployment Technical Committee, on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Fire Prevention Officers Association, and as a member of the Factory Mutual Fire Service Advisory Group.
At home, Joe enjoys his time with his wife and four children, and he serves the community through his involvement with Trail Life USA Troop 110 in La Crescenta. Joe is passionate about implementing community risk reduction programs and is thrilled to be working for a world class Fire Department and City.
The mission of the Pasadena Fire Department Fire Prevention and Environmental Safety Division is to prevent injury to people and prevent damage to the natural and built environment within the City of Pasadena
A hazardous material is a material that, in any quantity, poses a threat to life, health or property. More than four billion tons of materials classified as hazardous are shipped throughout the United States each year
The Arson Investigator is responsible for investigating and analyzing fire and explosion incidents and rendering opinions as to origin and cause, development, responsibility, and prevention of such incidents
Across the nation, the growth of alarm system ownership has resulted in a tremendous amount of false alarms. The response to false alarms has created an additional burden on our fire department.
Training & Safety
Provides the support, oversight and coordination of training plans, exercises, curriculum and delivery methods that are in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the California State Fire Marshal’s Office, the California Code of Regulations, FIRESCOPE and National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and recommendations.