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Michael Smith

Michael J. Smith serves as the fire chief for the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, an American Indian Nation located in southern California. Chief Smith joined San Manuel to aid in the development of the Tribe’s emergency response capability, ultimately establishing a 33 member fire department which serves the region under the California mutual aid system as well as a robust community preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery nexus. San Manuel Fire at the direction of the Tribe has routinely answered calls beyond the reservation during times of community and nationwide emergency. Chief Smith has personally been deployed to aid in the recovery of 9-11-01 attacks and gulf-coast hurricanes and has worked directly with other tribes to enhance their emergency service capacities. Chief Smith currently serves as the President of the California Tribal Fire Chiefs’ Association and remains a licensed paramedic. He voluntarily serves on the local sheriff’s air rescue team as a flight paramedic. Chief Smith is a graduate of the National Fire Academy as well as the University of Redlands.

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