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Wolfgang "Wolf" Knabe
Title: Fire Chief
Wolfgang “Wolf” Knabe became the City of Brea’s fire chief on May 3, 2011, when the Brea and Fullerton city councils approved a Shared Fire Command Agreement between the two cities. As part of this two-year pilot program, Chief Knabe will serve as fire chief for both municipalities.
“I look forward to this challenge, said Chief Knabe. I truly think that I can make a difference in the Brea Fire Department as I have in my other assignments. I look forward to working with the Brea community and will I give a 110% effort.”
Chief Knabe has served the City of Fullerton’s since July 2005. Prior to that, he was fire chief for the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department for three years. He started his fire service career with the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAPD) after a tour of duty with the Marine Corps. He served for 22 years in Los Angeles, working his way up the ranks to the position of battalion chief. Chief Knabe has served in the fire services profession for 31 years.
Born in Germany, Chief Knabe came to the United States when he was five years old. The family settled in Southern California when he was seven.
Chief Knabe holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree in management and a Master of Science degree in public administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and he plans to attend law school some time in the future.
Chief Knabe is a member of the California Fire Chief’s Association and is their Southern Division Director, a member of the California State Firefighters’ Association, the Orange County Fire Chiefs’ Association, and a board member of Crittenton Services. Chief Knabe was a Reserve Police Officer with the LAPD for 16 years, the last seven of which were assigned to the department’s SWAT team. He is currently a Reserve Police Officer with the La Habra Police Department.
When his schedule allows, Chief Knabe teaches fire science courses at the community college level.
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