Jim McDougald

Jim McDougald

Staff Chief
Community Wildfire Preparedness & Mitigation Division
Wildfire Planning (Fire Plan) and CalStats
Office of the State Fire Marshal

Chief McDougald started his career with CAL FIRE in 1994 as a Firefighter I in the Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit.  In 2001, he was promoted to Engineer and worked in both municipal and wildland fire stations.  In 2006, he promoted to Fire Captain.  He worked in the Madera, Mariposa, Merced Unit until 2009 when he transferred to the Fresno Kings Unit as the Unit Pre-Fire Engineer.

In 2010, Chief McDougald promoted to Battalion Chief in the role of the Southern Region Pre-Fire Coordinator.  During his time in this position, he assisted in the implementation of the 2010 Strategic Fire Plan for California, CalMAPPER, the State Responsibility Area Fee, State Responsibility Area reviews, CAIRS and the Land Use Planning Program.  
In 2014, he promoted to Assistant Chief in the Fresno Kings Unit where he oversaw the Pre-Fire, Resource Management, Law Enforcement and Protection Planning Programs.  During this time, he was on the committee that updated the 2018 Strategic Fire Plan for California, served as the co-chair for the development and implementation of CALFIRS and continued involvement on the CalMAPPER Technical Committee.  In 2021, he became the Assistant Chief for the Home Hardening Program implementing the California Wildfire Mitigation Program with CAL OES and in 2022 he promoted to his current position of Staff Chief where he oversees the department’s Wildfire Planning (Fire Plan) Program, as well as the CalStats Program which administers incident reporting (CALlFIRS/NFIRS). Chief McDougald’s position is part of the new Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation Division, established by the passage of Assembly Bill 9 (2021).