Jeff Veliquette becomes RAFD’s first full-time chief in over 20 years
Chief Veliquette becomes Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District’s first full time chief in more than 20 years. Effective December 1, 2022, Chief Veliquette takes over from interim Chief Tony Gossner who has been assisting the District in a transitional role for the past year when the former joint chief for the City of Petaluma and the District resigned.
Chief Veliquette comes to the District after serving more than 30 years with the Novato Fire Protection District where he retired in 2020; as Deputy Chief for his last four years of service. He has training as both a firefighter and paramedic and is well positioned to assist the District moving forward with plans for paramedic staffing on engines. Chief Veliquette was chosen for this role after a nationwide search for candidates and vetted through a committee composed of labor, management, and board members for the District. The new Chief is well acquainted with the District and Sonoma County’s fire agencies as he assisted in a number of the wildlands fires since 2017 and lives within the District’s territory he is to lead.
Chief Veliquette will take over a department of predominately full-time staff and have the challenge of leading the District into the future. The immediate focus of the Chief will be maintain the existing operational rapport with the City of Petaluma’s Department, determine how to hire paramedics who are in high demand across the County, and provide the leadership to existing staff.
The Chief will be housed at the District’s offices located in Penngrove, California.