(VIDEO) Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Ken Woods Retires

Humboldt Bay Fire Chief Ken Woods is retiring today, and we made this short video of what we heard over the scanner:

Here’s a transcript of the audio:

Chief 8100, Fire Chief Ken Woods, on your last day we honor you for your service to Humboldt Bay Fire, Humboldt Bay No. 1 Fire Protection District and the Eureka Fire Department. Thank you for your leadership, dedication and commitment to those who have worked with you and to our community. We wish you all the best in your retirement and your next adventure. Thank You.

Bill Gillespie will be taking his place as Fire Chief, and Bill Reynolds will be assuming the duty of Deputy Chief.

Happy retirement, Ken!



  • Happy retirement Ken. You’ve been someone I have admired as a leader in the fire service for many years. You have helped every fire department in Humboldt County bring their level of professionalism up several notches. Good luck to you and your family.

  • Thank you so much for your years of service!!! I hope you and your family enjoy your retirement years You deserve all the happiness life has to offer

  • You have been the greatest asset to the community we have seen in many years. Your leadership brought greater service to our residents with no added costs. That is a remarkable feat in the current fiscal state of California’s local agencies. You are a leader that inspires growth and ethical behavior. I hope you bring the same transformation to your next endeavor! Happy retirement to you and your lovely wife.

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