Instructor Chris Baker has over 10 years of experience in volunteer, combination and career fire departments in California. Currently, he serves as a Fire Captain with the River Delta Fire District and Public Information Officer for the Rio Vista Fire Department. He started as a volunteer firefighter for the West Stanislaus Fire Protection District and the City of Patterson in 2006. In 2007, Chris became a paid reserve Firefighter / Driver- Operator for the City of Patterson Fire Department. He spent four seasons with CAL FIRE as a seasonal Firefighter I, two years with the Chevron Fire Department as a Firefighter / Engineer and three years as a Firefighter / Acting Engineer with a municipal fire department in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Pacific Lutheran University, Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command Company Officer from Shasta College. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Emergency Services Administration.
Chris is a California State Fire Training certified Fire Officer, Driver-Operator, Fire Instructor, Lead Firefighter I Written Certification Evaluator and Firefighter I Skills Certification Evaluator. Chris is a Fire Science Instructor in the California Community College system.
Chris is a member and educator with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Chris is a Coordinator for Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV) for the Everyone Goes Home Program through the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.