Unit Chief Scott Jalbert is retiring after leading CAL FIRE’s San Luis Obispo Unit for the past four years.
His final day at work is Dec. 12.
“He’s just got that leadership style that’s very adaptive, and he knows how to get along with people. Scott really invests in relationships and a big part of investing in a relationship is listening to people. Our local government departments have never worked better, in terms of coordination and collaboration with the county, than they have these past five years," said Five Cities Fire Authority Chief Steve Lieberman.
Chief Jalbert joined CAL FIRE in 1987 as a seasoned firefighter and then climbed the ranks from there as fire fighter II, fire apparatus engineer, fire captain, training officer, battalion chief, assistant chief, deputy chief, and unit chief.
Over the years he’s worked with several agencies on many large, complex fires such as the Alamo Fire, Avila Fire and the San Bruno Gas Line Explosion.
“It has been an amazing 33-year career that has taken me all over the state, and I will truly miss doing what we do. I have absolutely loved serving here in San Luis Obispo for the last five years; I can’t think of a better place to call home,” said Chief Jalbert.