Deputy Fire Chief
South San Francisco Fire Department
Matt Samson is the Deputy Fire Chief for the South San Francisco Fire Department in San Mateo County. Chief Samson has spent 24 years in emergency services with his last 18 in South San Francisco. He graduated from the University of California – Santa Barbara with a degree in Geography and has completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program where he earned the Manno Award for outstanding research on emerging fire services issues. Chief Samson focuses on enhancing local emergency response through regional partnerships and has recently concentrated these efforts on wildfire response in the urban interface by improving evacuation planning and management.