Congratulations to Captain Mark Slater, selected as the Twain Harte Fire Department 2020 Firefighter of the Year!
Captain Slater has 31 years of dedicated service with Twain Harte Fire Department. His passion and commitment as a Company Officer are second to none. They may only be superseded by his investment in the fleet program, facility maintenance program, and fire prevention program. He spends countless hours on and off-duty working towards improvements, innovation, and ownership of these programs.
Captain Slater always goes above and beyond to maintain personnel needs for the line staff and intern firefighters. He is a critical component in the departments' active training program. Captain Slater is one of the department's Senior Fire Control instructors, lead chainsaw instructors, lead LARRO instructor, and one of the Firefighter Skills evaluators for both Columbia and Chabot College.
Captain Slater achieves all of the above while still preparing his crew for the all-risk challenges that a fire company may face. He is continuously learning new information and skills of the job while holding himself and his crew to the highest standards without compromise.
Captain Slater's compassion for the public and his crew is unmatched. He continually puts the wellbeing of others before himself. His integrity is commendable as he sets the bar for excellence through the performance of his duties. His outstanding leadership is evident as he inspires personnel with his strong work ethic and positive attitude. He exemplifies the department's shared values of integrity, ownership, compassion, innovation, and excellence.