Senior Deputy Chief Ray Ramirez began his fire service career with the California Department of Forestry & Fire Warden, San Bernardino County in 1984. Ray was employed there from November 1984 through July 1991 and held the positions of paid-call firefighter, engineer, and lieutenant. In 1984 Ray obtained his EMT certification and worked for Canyon Ambulance Company in Upland until 1986 when he became an EMT-paramedic. In November 1992 Ray joined the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department as a Level II reserve deputy sheriff/airmedic where he also continues to work.
Chief Ramirez joined the Ontario Fire Department in February 1986 as a firefighter/paramedic. Ray was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief and Chief Paramedic of the Department’s Technical Services/ Emergency Medical Services Bureau in 2005. In January 2012 he was promoted to Sr. Deputy Fire Chief. Prior to this he has held the positions of firefighter, engineer, captain, administrative captain, battalion chief, and administrative battalion chief while at all times keeping his paramedic status. Also during his career, Ray has worked as the Department’s Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, Wildland Coordinator and the City’s Emergency Manager. Ray has served on numerous committees, work groups and task forces related to emergency management, the incident command system, and emergency medical services.
Chief Ramirez has completed Associate of Science degrees in Fire Technology & Emergency Medical Services, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Management from the University of Redlands, and a Juris Doctor degree in Law from the University of La Verne College of Law. Ray has been a licensed California Attorney-at-Law since July 2008.