Title: Fire Chief
Company: Barona Fire Department
Location: Alpine, California, United States
Kenneth Kremensky, Fire Chief at Barona Fire Department, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in firefighting.
Growing up in Southern California, Mr. Kremensky was exposed to the many wildfires that ravaged the open country and was intrigued by the engines and helicopters that responded to the disaster and saved families and wildlife. His neighbor was the fire marshal of the community and with his help, Mr. Kremensky was able to work as a seasonal firefighter with the California Division of Forestry while in high school. From this experience, he was certain he wanted to pursue a professional career in firefighting, and he has notably done so for more than 40 years. Since 2012, Mr. Kremensky has served as fire chief of the Barona Fire Department. Prior to this executive role, he was the division chief of the Barona Band of Mission Indians from 2009 to 2012 and the division chief of 26 years to the Lakeside Fire Protection District from 1981 to 2007.
Looking back on his illustrious career, the most rewarding aspect of Mr. Kremensky’s profession was simply helping people get out of troublesome situations. He was named San Diego County Burn Institute’s Volunteer of the Year and attributes his success to hard work, integrity, and honesty. His advice to aspiring firefighters is to put in the work, help others whenever you can, and build relationships throughout the industry. Mr. Kremensky holds membership with the International Fire Chief’s Association, California Fire Chief’s Association, San Diego County Fire Chief’s Association, and California State Firefighter’s Association. He hopes to hit 45 years of working in fire service, and if he chooses to enter retirement, he plans to continue volunteering within the local community. Mr. Kremensky loves adventure and hopes to travel the world with his three children and six grandchildren.
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