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David Kerr

Fire Management Specialist


A 1981 honors graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a Bachelors of Science degree in Natural Resources Management, David Kerr has extensive experience working at the national level in the area of wildland fire management. His experience includes time spent as the Fire Chief at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Los Padres National Forest, as well as having served as a Fire Management Specialist for the Washington Headquarters of the United States Forest Service.


David has served as a wildland fire specialist with more than 35 years experience in fire operations and fuels management planning and implementation. He currently serves as the Deputy Incident Commander on a Forest Service type II Incident Management Team. He has participated in the development of five Community Wildfire Protection Plans, provided inputs to Environmental Impacts Statements, and conducted wildfire and hazard/risk assessments for local, state and federal agencies. His strengths include meeting facilitation, development of cooperative agreements, and fire modeling.


Bachelors of Science, Natural Resources Management, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, March 1981

Associate of Arts, Reedley Community College, June 1977


Incident Commander II Operations Section Chief II Fire Behavior Analyst Agency Representative Prescribed Fire Manager II Burn Boss II. Proficient in the use of wildfire modeling tools including: Farsite FlamMap FSPro Fire Family Plus First Order Fire Effects Model (FOFEM) NEXUS BEHAVEPlus


Wildfire Management Consultant, Santa Clarita, CA (2012 to Present)

 Conducts fire behavior modeling and weather data analysis in support of Community Wildfire Protection Plans and Hazard Assessments. Facilitates public meetings and serves as principle point of contact for staffs from federal, state and city governments.

 Wildland Fire Specialist and Executive Officer, USDA Forest Service - Adaptive Management Services Enterprise, Valencia, CA (2004 to 2012)

 Directly supervised 23 employees in the analysis of wildland fire and fuels issues. Performed sophisticated analysis using wildland fire modeling tools. Negotiated agreements with federal agencies, local governments and Fire Safe Councils.

Fire Management Officer, Department of Interior - National Park Service, Thousand Oaks, CA (2003 to 2004)

 Served as the Fire Management Officer for Santa Monica Mountains NRA, Channel Islands National Park and Cabrillo Monument. Led the wildland fire and fuel programs while negotiating interagency fire protection agreements, drafting fire management plans and providing council to the Park Superintendents regarding fire management issues.

Division and Battalion Chief, USDA Forest Service - Los Padres & Angeles National Forests Ojai Glendora, La Canada CA (1991 to 2003)

 Served as the Division and Battalion Chief for fire program on the Los Padres and Angeles National Forests. Led the fire, fuels and aviation programs while serving as an Incident Commander/Operations Section Chief on large wildfires.

Captain, Engineer, Firefighter, USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest San Fernando, CA (1981 to 1991)

Served in a variety of field level fire management positions including Engine Captain, Engineer and Hotshot Squad Boss leading wildfire suppression operations. Served as Burn Boss on numerous prescribed fires.