Petersen began his career in 1979 as a volunteer firefighter in Josephine County. He worked his way up through various fire agencies in the Rogue Valley before being promoted to JCFD3 Chief on October 11, 2010.
“We had many excellent candidates but felt that Chief Petersen best fits the current and future needs of UFA,” UFA Vice Chair Chris Pengra said. “He is the right man for the job and brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to the position.”
UFA protects over half-a-million citizens with 55 staff members operating at 28 fire stations. The UFA’s coverage area includes the entire unincorporated area of Salt Lake County along with nine cities.
JCFD3 Board Chairman Jim Gillin said, “The Chief has done a great job of keeping us in the loop during this process and we are in the best shape possible to move forward.”
JCFD3 serves over 50,000 residents who live in and around White City, Central Point, Eagle Point, Sams Valley, Gold Hill, Agate Lake and Dodge Bridge.