Former captain hired as Calipatria fire chief

Newly hired Calipatria Fire Department Chief Jesse Llanas (center) poses with city officials during the City Council’s meeting of Aug. 13.  PHOTO COURTESY OF MARIA NAVA-FROELICH

CALIPATRIA — Jesse Llanas has been hired to serve as chief of the Calipatria Fire Department, where he was initially hired in 2002 as a full-time firefighter and rose to the rank of captain.

The 44-year-old Valley native was serving as a captain at the Holtville Fire Department prior to being appointed chief on Aug. 13 by the Calipatria City Council.

Staff Writer Julio Morales can be reached at or 760-337-3415.

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