Chief Brian Mackwood began his career with CAL FIRE in 1992 in Siskiyou county and over his 30 year career has worked in a variety of Units and Assignments across the State. In 2019, Chief Mackwood was promoted to his current position in charge of the Western Division and Placer County Fire Operations. In this position, he is responsible for the oversight of cooperative fire operations including administration, finance, operations, special operations teams, fire marshal office, fleet, and liaison duties to the Placer County Office of Emergency Services
Chief Mackwood has been heavily engaged in local, regional and state level cadres including advanced auto extrication, rescue systems, and incident command. Chief Mackwood is a recipient of the prestigious JP Morgan Leadership Award and serves as an Operations Section Chief on CAL FIRE Team 2.