As Fire Chief, Geoff LaTendresse is responsible for the operational readiness of the Fire Department on a 24-hour basis, 365 days a year. In addition, he is responsible for the readiness and availability of all the supporting functions in the Fire Department. Fremont's Fire Department has 153 full-time employees and 11 fire stations.
Chief LaTendresse was raised in the City of Fremont (his parents still reside in Mission San Jose) having attended Vallejo Mills Elementary, Gomes Elementary, Hopkins Jr. High and graduated from Mission San Jose High School.
Chief LaTendresse is a 26-year veteran of the fire service. He spent the first five years of his career with the Campbell Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic before coming to Fremont in 1990. As a member of the Fremont Fire Department he has held the ranks or Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain/Paramedic, Division Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. His career as a Paramedic spanned 14 years.
Chief LaTendresse holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from San Diego State University. He also holds a variety of professional certificates from the California Fire Service Training and Education System, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the National Fire Academy.