Beverly Hills News
New Beverly Hills Fire Chief Named
By Melissa Simon
Oct 21, 2013 - 2:18:13 PM

BEVERLY HILLS—Interim Fire Chief Ralph Mundell was named the permanent fire chief for Beverly Hills on Friday, October 18.

Mundell, a 28-year veteran of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, has been serving as interim chief since Tim Scranton retired on July 19, according to a press release from the city of Beverly Hills.

Fire Chief Ralph Mundell
“Chief Mundell is a person of outstanding leadership abilities, experience and ethics and is devoted to public service,” City Manager Jeff Kolin said in a statement. “We are extremely fortunate to have him in our ranks and for his willingness to step up to the position as chief.”

Mundell has spent much of his career in Beverly Hills where he began as an entry-level firefighter in 1986.

“He has held all the leadership positions leading up to fire chief [including] interim fire chief, deputy fire chief, fire battalion chief, training and safety officer, fire battalion chief platoon commander, fire marshal, fire captain, fire engineer and firefighter,” Therese Kosterman, public information manager for the City of Beverly Hills, told Canyon News.

Mundell has received several recognitions for his work, including the Felix Rothchild Firefighter of the Year Award as well as two Harvey Adair Awards for Meritorious Service. He has background in firefighting operations including an “expertise in complex rescue operations, hazardous materials and wildland fire behavior.”

Kosterman said Mundell was selected during an internal recruitment process and there was one other candidate in the running for the position.

“[Mundell] is an outstanding leader, he’s definitely proven his abilities here in Beverly Hills and is very well respected by all the men and women in this department,” she said.

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