Meet the Chiefs
Adam Loeser, Fire Chief
Adam Loeser became the City of Brea’s Fire Chief on December 30, 2018. He formerly served as the Deputy Chief of Operations for the Brea and Fullerton Fire Departments and had served in this capacity since 2015. He is a member of the Brea/Fullerton Consolidated Command Staff which manages 10 fires stations covering 35 square miles with 125 personnel. Together both departments responded to 20,000 calls in 2017. Adam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and is CA State Chief Officer qualified. He has been married to his wife for 20 years and has two incredible daughters. Adam and his family live in Mission Viejo, CA.
Jamie Newton, Deputy Chief - Operations
Deputy Chief Jamie Newton began his fire service career in 1990 for San Diego County Fire Department. In 1994, he was hired by the Fullerton Fire Department. Four years later, he became a Paramedic/Firefighter and then was subsequently promoted to Engineer, Captain and then to Battalion Chief. In December of 2017, he was promoted to Division Chief of Training and in December of 2018, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations. He has been married to his lovely wife Denise for the last twenty four years. They have three daughters who are all currently attending college out of state.
Chris Nigg, Division Chief - Administration & Fire Marshal
Division Chief Chris Nigg is a 20 year Fire Service and EMS professional. His career began working on an ambulance before becoming a career Firefighter for the San Bernardino City Fire Department in 2004. He came to the Fullerton Fire Department as a Captain in 2015 and promoted to Battalion Chief in 2017, effectively becoming a part of the shared Fullerton & Brea Fire Command Staff. In 2018, Chief Nigg was promoted to Division Chief of Logistics and Support Services, before transitioning to Administration and Fire Marshal in 2020. Prior to promoting to the Chief ranks, his specialties were fire department truck company operations, training, all urban search & rescue specialties, aircraft rescue and firefighting, community risk reduction efforts, CERT and Engine Company level fire prevention details. Chief Nigg has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arizona State University and a Masters of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach, emphasizing in municipal emergency service delivery and emergency management. Chief Nigg is also a certified Company and Chief Fire Officer by the California Office of the State Fire Marshal. Chief Nigg and his wife Cassie were married in 2018 and enjoy their down time together at home when they’re able to or look to get away to a good travel destination as often as possible. In his free time, you can find Chief Nigg golfing, paddle-boarding, running, scuba diving or piloting airplanes and helicopters around the Southern California area and beyond.
Mike Meacham, Division Chief - Logistics
Division Chief Michael Meacham started his career in 2001 in the City of Brea as an Apprentice Firefighter. After 6 months, he was hired as a Firefighter by the Fort Mojave Mesa Fire District in Arizona where he served for 9 months. In 2002, Chief Meacham returned to Southern California and accepted a position as Firefighter with the Fullerton Fire Department. He promoted to Engineer in 2006, to Captain in 2012, and Battalion Chief in 2018. Chief Meacham was promoted to the rank of Division Chief of Logistics in February of 2020. He is a third generation public servant; his Grandfather is a retired Police Chief and his father is a retired Fire Captain. Chief Meacham has been married to his wife for 18 years and they have a 10 year old son and 8 year old daughter. He enjoys coaching both of his kids’ teams in multiple sports and traveling the world as a family.
Brandon Coatney, Division Chief - Training
Division Chief Brandon Coatney started his career in April of 1997 with the City of San Bernardino Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He was promoted to the rank of Engineer in 2004 and to the rank of Fire Captain in 2011. In 2015, he accepted a lateral Fire Captain position with the Fullerton Fire Department. He was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief in August of 2016. In December of 2018, he was promoted to Division Chief of Training for the Fullerton and Brea Fire Departments. He has been married to his beautiful wife for 19 years and have two children together. Their daughter graduated high school in 2018 and is attending nursing school at Riverside Community College. Their son is 16 and is a junior in high school. He enjoys spending as much time with his family as possible, off-roading, and spending time at the lake or river.