Fire Department Administrative Services
· Fire Department Chief Officers
· Administrative/Secretarial staff
· Budget Administration
· Fire Information Systems Management
· Fire Prevention
· Fire Training
· Property Hazard Management
· Special Programs
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Jeff L. Frazier, Fire Chief
Appointed in 2008, Chief Jeff Frazier brings 41 years of fire service experience to his position as Redlands’ Fire Chief. Beginning his career as a volunteer firefighter for the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, Chief Frazier completed 28 years of service with the San Diego Fire Department, holding assignments in Operations, Training, Communications, Emergency Management, Human Resources and Logistics. While in San Diego, he was awarded four Exceptional Service Citations and a Lifesaving Citation, named “Employee of the Quarter”, and recognized as the Honor Graduate of the 22nd San Diego Fire Academy.
Chief Frazier holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and Liberal Studies from College of the Desert. He went on to attend San Diego State University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and a certificate in Fire Protection Administration. Most recently, Chief Frazier attended California State University, Long Beach, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
Elected by his fellow fire chiefs, Chief Frazier currently serves as President of the San Bernardino County Fire Chiefs Association, Past Chairman of the CONFIRE Administrative Chiefs Committee, and San Bernardino County Operational Area Zone II Coordinator.
As an emergency responder and manager in the National Interagency Incident Management System, Chief Frazier has responded to major wildfires across the western United States. He also serves on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Incident Support Teams. Chief Frazier participated in the responses to the Oklahoma City bombing, multiple hurricanes, the World Trade Center attack, the Haiti Earthquake, and various other major incidents and national security events.
In addition to his activities in the fire service, Chief Frazier is active in the community as a member of the board of directors for the Redlands Rotary Club, the Fire and Burn Foundation, and the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts. He is a member of the Redlands Sister Cities, San Bernardino Leprechaun Society, Redlands Historical Museum Association, Lincoln Memorial Association, and the University of Redlands Town and Gown. He resides in Redlands, California with his wife Paula, and has three daughters, Kristina, Jessica and Nicole, and a granddaughter, Kailey.
Battalion Chief David Graves
Born and raised in San Gabriel, California, David Graves has proudly served with the Redlands Fire Department for 25 years of his 28 year career in the fire service. In 2015, Chief Graves retired from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department after 20 years of service as a Reserve Deputy in their Specialized Investigations Division. Dave also was a responder to the World Trade Center on 9/11 as part of FEMA Riverside USAR Task Force 6.
Battalion Chief Rich Sessler
A native of nearby Corona, California, Rich Sessler left a very successful seven year career with the U.S Forestry Service to come to the Redlands Fire Department in 2005. In 2012, as a Captain, Rich was awarded the distinction of Firefighter of the Year. In 2014, The City of Redlands honored Rich with the Safety Manager of the Year Award. Rich holds a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands.
Battalion Chief Jim Topoleski
As one of our veterans, Jim Topoleski has proudly served with the Redlands Fire Department for 28 years of his 32 year career in the fire service. Born and raised in nearby San Bernardino, Jim, who calls Redlands his home, is very involved in community organizations such as the Redlands East Valley High School PTSA, Redlands Baseball for Youth, and the Redlands Benchwarmers.
Bob Tyson, Quality Improvement Nurse
Born and raised in Redlands, Bob attended McKinley Elementary, Cope Junior High, and graduated from Redlands High School in 1971. After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a BA in Business Administration, Bob returned to Redlands to manage the first ever disco in our town! In 1982, Bob started working at Redlands Community Hospital as an Emergency Medical Technician in the ER. After graduating from Nursing School from College of the Desert, Bob continued working in the ER as a RN where he continues to work today. Bob has been married to his wife Judy for 26 years. They love to travel and spend time at their cabin in Running Springs. Bob has been with the Redlands Fire Department since January 2014.
Jennifer Milligan, Management Analyst
Born and raised in nearby San Bernardino, California, Jennifer graduated from Cajon High School where she led the varsity tennis team to four San Andreas League championships. Jennifer went on to play varsity tennis for two top 10 Division I tennis teams at the University of Southern California and the University of Mississippi. Jennifer graduated from Ole Miss with a B.A in English and Broadcast Journalism, and minors in French and Philosophy. At Ole Miss, she was the first ever female television sports anchor at WUMS. Jennifer then went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in 2001, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Trial Practice and in Copyright Law. Most notably in her professional career, Jennifer was the award winning project manager of an international operations study for the Navy which encompassed their 16 major fleet sites around the globe, where she developed a comprehensive report for the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.. Jennifer joined the Redlands Fire Department in January of 2016.
Diane Lynn Rivera-Sedgwick, Senior Administrative Technician
Diane, a native of Queens, New York, first moved to Los Angeles, California in 1959 when her father, a die-hard Brooklyn Dodgers fan, uprooted the entire family to follow the Dodgers in their move to Los Angeles. Diane grew up and attended school in the San Fernando Valley, until in 1988, when she decided to move to Redlands with her son, Rustin. Diane was first hired by the City of Redlands in February 1991. She came to work for the Fire Department in August of 1997 when the Fire Chief at the time, Mel Enslow, asked her to become a part of his team. To date she has proudly worked for the City of Redlands for 25 years, including the 19 years with the Fire Department. Diane has a son, Rustin and two grandchildren: Lea, age 11, and Tanner, age 9. She also loves her four legged family members, her pups Emma, Louie, Ranger & Bella. Diane loves to cook, create new recipes, and share what she has created with her friends and family. Diane is an avid gardener, as well. In 2005, she built by hand, a 20’ x 7’ x 4’ above ground garden in her backyard where she grows a variety of vegetables annually. She also grows a variety of fruit trees which she planted herself in her front yard. Diane earned an Associate’s Degree from Crafton Hills Jr. College in 2007. She then attended the University of Redlands in 2009 and walked in May 2012. Diane has been married since 2002 to Philip Sedgwick, and has been a devoted fan of NCIS for about 13 years, since it first started.
Maria Koolhoven, Administrative Technician
Beginning her career with the Redlands Fire Department five years ago, Maria has shown her commitment to the department by becoming very involved in several important off duty department activities and various charitable organizations. She is the Membership Coordinator of the Administrative Fire Services Section of Cal Chiefs, and also is the Administrative Assistant for Fire Explorer Post 261. In addition, Maria has volunteered for numerous community organizations such as the Inland Empire Camp Beyond the Scars, MDA & Fire and Burn Foundation, Fill the Boot, Pink T-Shirt Fundraisers, Spark of Love Toy Drive, just to name a few. Before joining the Redlands Fire Department, she was a Management Secretary at the Wall Street Journal.