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Escondido Appoints New Fire Chief

The City of Escondido will soon have a new Fire Chief.

Rick Vogt will replace former Chief Russ Knowles, who recently retired. 

"Chief Vogt is the ideal candidate to continue the traditions of excellence, efficiency, integrity and outstanding public service that characterize the Escondido Fire Department," said Interim City Manager Jeffrey Epp.

According to the city, Vogt began working as a volunteer firefighter for the City of Palm Desert 30 years ago and also worked for Temecula/Cal Fire Department.

Before his time in Escondido, Vogt was Station Caption in Riverside County/Cal Fire and served as a Administrative and Field Battalion Chief in San Marcos.

In 2013, he started working as the Division Chief for Training and EMS in Escondido and two years later, was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations.

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