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Lompoc Fire Chief announces retirement after 40 years of service

Fire Chief Kurt Latipow joined Lompoc Fire in 2012

LOMPOC, Calif. - The City of Lompoc announced on Tuesday that Lompoc Fire Chief Kurt Latipow will be retiring on June 30 after five years with the Lompoc Fire Department.

“The Lompoc Fire Department team is an incredibly talented and dedicated group of individuals.  It has been a great honor to lead this team and serve the citizens of Lompoc,” Latipow said.

Latipow's 40-year fire service career spans across multiple agencies throughout California and Nevada.

A statement by the City of Lompoc reads:

"For the past five years, Latipow has led the Lompoc Fire Department, an all-risk department that serves and protects a community of 44,000. During that time, the department developed a master plan, received a grant that added three positions, implemented a quick-attack rescue squad, placed in service a state-of-the-art wildland firefighting engine, initiated an auxiliary firefighter program, and more."

“Lompoc was extremely fortunate to have a fire chief of Kurt Latipow’s caliber. He was not only a great leader for our fire department, but he has set the bar for how good fire departments are supposed to run,” Lompoc City Manager Patrick Wiemiller said. “I wish Kurt and his wife, Gail, the best in life’s next adventure.”

Latipow will be presented with a plaque honoring his years of service at Tuesday's Lompoc City Council meeting.

Lompoc Fire Battalion Chief Mark Bray has been appointed interim fire chief until a permanent leader is appointed for the department.

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