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Fire Chief Joel Mendoza                                                  Fire Marshal

Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Joel Mendoza is responsible for the Fire Prevention Division of the North County Fire District; which encompasses the communities of Pajaro, Las Lomas, Royal Oaks, Moss Landing, Prunedale, and Castroville. Chief Mendoza leads an office that provides oversight and implementation of all regulatory inspection and planning programs, public education and special events for the fire district and provides emergency response to major incidents, including large fires, Mass Casualty incidents and Haz-Mat related incidents.

Chief Mendoza entered the fire service in 1995, when he joined the Watsonville Fire Department as a paid call firefighter.  In 1998 Chief Mendoza was hired by the North County Fire District as a paid call firefighter.  He promoted to full time firefighter in 2001 and subsequently Fire Lieutenant in 2007 and Captain in 2009. He served as the districts Weed Abatement Officer from 2007 to 2017. 

Chief Mendoza holds an associate’s degree in Fire Science and he is also certified as a Fire Officer and Chief Officer by the State Board of Fire Services.

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Division Chief Jess Mendoza                             Training and Operations

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Division Chief Rick Parker                           

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Administrative Officer Carolina Bravo

Carolina Bravo joined the North County Fire Protection District in April of 2013 and is responsible for the district’s administrative services including accounting/payroll, human resources, employee benefits, and serves as the clerk to the board. Bravo holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University and a M.S. in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University.

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Administrative Assistant Casey Hendricks

Casey Hendricks joined the North County Fire Protection District in October of 2017. She holds an A.S. in Administration of Justice and has been working in Finance for 20 years. She enjoys spending time with her son and coaching his baseball team.