BEVERLY HILLS—On Thursday, September 13, Joseph Matsch was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, a promotion that will be effective immediately.

Matsch’s career started in 1987 while enlisted in the United States Air Force. In 1995, he began his current 23-year tenure at the BHFD, where he served as firefighter, engineer, fire inspector, captain, fire marshal, and battalion chief.

Matsch graduated from the Union Institute University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Services and later received a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He graduated from the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy and the Beverly Hills Supervisor Academy.

In a press release from the city of Beverly Hills,

In a press release from the city of Beverly Hills announcing Matsch’s new title, he said, “I am grateful to Chief Barton for this opportunity and look forward to representing the dedicated men and women of this department.”

As Deputy Fire Chief, Matsch will oversee approximately 34,000 residents living in the 5.67 square miles of Beverly Hills. Matsch is second in command to BHFD Fire Chief Gregory Barton. His new role places him in charge of Emergency Response Operations, the Safety and Training Division, and System Integration. He will help lead and represent the city’s three fire stations as well as the 95 firefighters and civilian personnel.