George E. Lucia Sr. has over 50 years of “boots on the ground” professional experience in emergency services, and he has served as Fire Chief and Senior Emergency Services Leader in his community during this time. In the past, he has served as a Firefighter, Fire Officer, Fire Training Instructor and Fire Marshal at both paid and voluntee
George E. Lucia Sr. has over 50 years of “boots on the ground” professional experience in emergency services, and he has served as Fire Chief and Senior Emergency Services Leader in his community during this time. In the past, he has served as a Firefighter, Fire Officer, Fire Training Instructor and Fire Marshal at both paid and volunteer fire departments, as well as at government agencies.
He is married to Tricia and has a blended family including 6 children and 12 grandchildren. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the area of Juvenile Fire Setting Intervention & Education, and he also founded the Bergen County Juvenile Fire Prevention Program. George served as a Firefighter for the Woodcliff Lake Fire Department in Bergen County, New Jersey, from 1969 to 1973.
George is known for his ability to innovate, and his leadership, knowledge and skills have been recognized through a variety of awards he has received, including “Firefighter of the Year” in Hillsdale, New Jersey (1984), New Jersey State Fire Protection’s “Man of the Year” (1984), Fire House Magazine’s “Heroism and Community Service Award” (1985), “Firefighter of the Year” Award from the Vista, California Fire Department (2004), The San Diego Burn Institute’s “Exceptional Service Award for Life Saving” (2005) and the Meritorious Service Award from CALFIRE for outstanding incident management during the 2007 Wildfires in San Diego County (Poomacha Fire).
During the years of 1973-2000, George served as Firefighter, Fire Marshal, OEM Coordinator, Police Officer, Code Compliance Official, Building Inspector, and Fire Chief for the Borough of Hillsdale in Bergen County, New Jersey. From 2000 to 2007, he served as Senior Fire Investigator-Inspector for the City of Vista, California Fire Department. He also served as Fire Chief for the Palomar Mountain, California Fire Department from 2005 through 2013.
George retired from active service after 10 years of service to the Valley Center Fire Protection District (CA) as Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal in April of 2017 and is currently a consultant and Founder – CEO of Lucia Risk Reduction and Fire Protection Consulting.
"For Fire Marshal George Lucia, the reality of death hits him square in the face almost every day - and he's got to document it. When the Vista Fire Department and paramedics are called, Lucia is right behind as an accident investigator..." READ MORE
"Faulty circuit wiring caused a mobile home to go up in flames on Friday, according to the North County Fire Protection District.The couple who lived there were able to get out of the home and were not injured, Fire Marshal George Lucia added. They also were able to get their dog out safely"... READ MORE
"A fire, dubbed the Cutca Fire, that started Friday afternoon on the north side of Palomar Mountain was expected to be contained by Wednesday July 29 at press time. This incident was managed by U.S. Forestry, rather than Cal Fire because all of the blaze was confined to the Cleveland National Forest. More than 400 firefighters were assigned to the blaze..." READ MORE
"After serving more than 4 decades in fire service, Chief George Lucia of the Palomar Mountain Volunteer Fire Department still looks forward to pulling on his uniform every morning. He could never shake the idea of retiring after leaving his fire chief post of 30 years in his native state of New Jersey and moving to San Diego County..." READ MORE
"As a 5-year-old in Hillsdale, N.J., Valley Center Fire Marshal George Lucia said last week, he wanted to be one of the heroes he saw hanging onto the back of a fire truck, canvas jackets flapping in the wind as they sped by on their way to a conflagration. And after 42 years in the firefighting business, he said he still admires those men on the rig, but he's found true happiness..." READ MORE