Richard “Rick” Seal, a 25-year veteran of the San Jose Fire Department has been selected as the new Fire Chief of the East Bay Regional Park District, succeeding Dan McCormick who retired in April.
“We are happy to announce that Rick Seal is our new fire chief,” said East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert Doyle. “Chief Seal is a great fit for the East Bay Regional Park District and has significant experience with fire protection in an urban interface.”
Chief Seal began his career as an EMT in 1985 with the San Bernardino County Fire Department. He served as a paramedic with Santa Clara County before joining the San Jose Fire Department in 1990.
In 1996, Chief Seal was promoted to Fire Captain where he served as basic life support manager overseeing 700 plus EMTs. In 2011, Chief Seal was promoted to battalion chief of special operations overseeing the San Jose Airport, Urban Search and Rescue, and hazmat operations. Chief Seal was awarded a Class A Medal of Valor, the San Jose Fire Department’s highest award in 1998.
Chief Seal holds a B. A. in Geography from UC Berkeley, a MPA from San Jose State University, and a Juris Doctor (law) Degree from Golden Gate University. Chief Seal is a member of the State Bar of California and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
“Chief Seal was selected after an extensive search,” said East Bay Regional Park District Interim Chief of Public Safety Anthony Ciaburro. “Chief Seal’s leadership, education, professionalism, and experience with fire protection in a wildland and urban interface made him the clear choice for the position.”
Chief Seal joins the Park District as a steward of the environment who is committed to the multi-faceted nature of the Park District, which includes lifeguard services, fire hazard reduction, and management of full time and on-call emergency responders.
Chief Seal was born in Los Angeles, California and is a 30-year resident of San Jose. Chief Seal’s first day was August 14, 2017.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 120,000 acres in 65 parks including over1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor