Assistant Fire Chief
Jeff Schach is currently the Fire Department’s Assistant Fire Chief.
He is the first in the organization to hold that title after it was created in April of 2018. Assistant Chief Schach has been with the Petaluma Fire Department since March of 2000. He began his career with us as a Firefighter/Paramedic and served for six years in that position.
He then promoted to Fire Captain for six years, to EMS/Administration Battalion Chief for three years and then served as the “A” Shift Battalion Chief for three years prior to his current appointment. Prior to his employment with Petaluma, he volunteered as a firefighter with the Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District, worked four seasons as a firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection in the Sonoma Unit, and was a Combat Medic for eight years in the Army Reserves before being honorably discharged at the rank of E-5 Sergeant. He is CSFM accredited as a FF1, FF2, Fire Officer, Chief Officer, and is currently in the Executive Chief Fire Officer program. Jeff has volunteered as a youth sports coach, a youth-football game EMT, a “big brother”, and served on the Rebuilding Together Petaluma Board of Directors for 6 years, the last five as Board President.
Jeff is married and lives in Cotati with his wife and teenage son. They have two older children who also live in Sonoma County.