Chief Munsey began his career in 1995 as a paid-call firefighter serving the community of Yucca Valley and quickly decided to a pursue a career as a full-time firefighter shortly thereafter. In 1998, Munsey joined our fire department as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. Since then, Chief Munsey has enjoyed a diverse career including executive leadership and management experiences in both the rural and metropolitan fire service communities which includes having worked in every division of San Bernardino County Fire.
Chief Munsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and holds multiple Incident Command System (ICS) certifications. Munsey has completed many specialized leadership-training courses, including the California Special Districts Association Leadership Academy and the San Bernardino County Management and Leadership Academy; a program that provides comprehensive management and leadership training to county employees. Chief Munsey is one of few fire chiefs in California who possesses a Center for Public Excellence Chief Fire Officer credential and a California State Fire Marshal Chief Fire Officer certificate. Currently Chief Munsey is halfway through the four-year National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
In addition to Chief Munsey’s service to San Bernardino County, he is the president of the California Fire Chiefs Association Operations Section and is the chair of the International Fire Chiefs Association Technology Council Communications and Data section. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Agency Forum and has instructed dozens of Fire Service, NIMS, and Incident Command Systems courses throughout his career. Munsey enjoys speaking about his command experiences, leadership, and the use of emerging technology in the fire service at conferences around the nation.