Chief Mike Rufenacht started his career in 2007 after nearly 20 years with the South Placer Fire District. After assignments in both the ECC and Stations, he was selected to attend POST and in 2013 was certified as a CAL FIRE Peace Officer. He served 7 years as both an officer and the Bureau Chief.
As the Eastern Division Assistant Chief, he is responsible for the Placer Fire Center, the Law Enforcement Bureau, and 3 Field Battalions covering an area from Auburn to Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. Over his career, Chief Rufenacht has been a member and instructor on the Technical Rescue Team, the Hazardous Materials Response Team and is a certified CSFM Fire Investigator II, Fire Officer and POST Advanced Officer.
Chief Rufenacht serves as a Lead Investigator on Serious Accident Review Team deployments and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Emergency Services Management from California State University Long Beach.