Chief Gayk began his fire service career in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter with the Riverside County Fire Department at Station #48 in Moreno Valley. In 1990 Ray became an EMT and began working for Med-Event Ambulance and later Goodhew Ambulance before going to Daniel Freeman Paramedic School where he graduated in 1992. Ray worked as a paramedic for Goodhew Ambulance and served as a paramedic on the Riverside County Task Force 6 FEMA USAR Team.
In 1994 Ray was hired by Riverside County Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic where he served the Cove Communities in Palm Desert. In 1996 Ray was hired by the Redlands Fire Department and worked as a firefighter/paramedic until he joined the Ontario Fire Department in 1997.
Ray joined the Ontario Fire Department in June 1997 as a firefighter and later became a firefighter/paramedic with the expansion of the Ontario Fire Department’s paramedic program in 1998. Ray was a relief driver for Ontario and was promoted to captain in 2003. Ray was promoted to his current position of Deputy Fire Chief in March 2010 and is assigned to the Bureau of Operations.
Chief Gayk graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies and has served as a training captain and SWAT medic. Ray began the OFD captain and engineer mentor programs, writes the “Company Officer Development” column for Fire/Rescue Magazine, and has taught numerous fire department classes for the Ontario Fire Department and many other agencies