Junette, Ewing promote in local Calfire unit
March 19, 2013 — Due to Calfire Unit Chief Brad Lutts retiring last year, which provoked a series of promotions, Eric Ewing and David Junette have new positions in the Lassen-Modoc-Plumas Unit of Calfire.
Junette moved from Fresno to Susanville in the mid-1990s after taking a job as a Calfire captain. From there he moved up the ranks and was the Lassen County Office of Emergency Services Chief for approximately two years. Junette is now Calfire Lassen Modoc Plumas Operations Chief. He’s worked for Calfire for 26 years.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity,” said Junette. “This was not planned in my career, but it’s a good chance for me to remain local.”
Junette said he loves living in Susanville and plans to retire here as well.
“I loved my old job and enjoyed working with the board,” said Junette. “I am excited and nervous at the same time (about the new position). It will be a good challenge and Eric (Ewing) will be a great asset to emergency services.”
When Junette took on his new position as Calfire Lassen Modoc Plumas Operations Chief, Ewing was promoted to Lassen County Office of Emergency Services Chief.
“It’s exciting and a new challenge,” said Ewing. “It’s a welcome the challenge.”
Ewing, who was born and raised in Lassen County, is raising his family here just as his ancestors did.
“My family has been here since about 1920,” said Ewing. “They’ve lived in Westwood and Herlong for generations.”
Ewing joined the Explorer Scout program at age 15 while a student at Lassen High School. When he turned 18 he joined Calfire as a seasonal firefighter and has worked for Calfire in various capacities for a total of 23 years.
In the off-season, Ewing completed undergraduate classes at Lassen Community College and then moved away for two years to earn a bachelor’s degree in fire protection and safety engineering technology from Eastern Kentucky University.
Junette and Ewing have worked together for many years and both plan to work for the Calfire Lassen-Modoc-Plumas unit until retiring in Lassen County.
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