Tim Metzger retired from SBCoFD as an engine captain out of station 91. While Tim may not look his age, he enters retirement with more than 30 years in the fire service-28 years of those with our own department. Like many others, he has had a diverse career and has seen many periods of unprecedented growth, both operationally and demographically. Always a leader by example, he has had his hand in many things that make this department what it is today.
Tim started as a firefighter in the Air Force on the other side of the world, or as he would say, “the other side of the pond.” After his military service he became a fire inspector in the city of Chino for a little over a year. From there, Tim tested and was hired as a firefighter with the Central Valley Fire Agency-what we now know as Division 1. Tim enjoyed eight years in Central Valley while assigned to stations 72, 74, and 77. In fact, Tim helped open two of those stations.
It wasn’t until he promoted to Engineer that Tim ended up in Lake Arrowhead, something most of us will always associate him with. He drove Big Red through the snow and ice for five years, until he was promoted to Captain in 2000 and went back down the hill. He spent two years in Lucerne Valley, one at station 77 on the truck, and the remainder of his career back in Lake Arrowhead.
During Tim’s time with county fire, he has taken on some very large-scale projects. He helped implement Telestaff, and has remained on its committee from its inception until his retirement – one of the longest of its members. He had a leading role in the USAR program in Lake Arrowhead, taking a “squad-like rescue” and transforming it into the heavy rescue we know today. Some of his most memorable and largest incidents have included the Old Fire of 2003 and the Grass Valley Fire of 2007, both initial attack, and both fighting fire the duration of the incident. There are countless rescues along Division 4’s high angle hazards, as well as countless public lives touched by his gentle yet effective demeanor as a company officer.
Tim enjoys reflecting on a wonderful career, but is enjoying retirement even more. Most importantly, he has had much more quality time with his wife, Jane, and two daughters, Alexandra and Claire. Home projects have been keeping him busy, while golf remains his primary hobby. In excellent health, he plans to pursue a second career in the private sector, but for now is just enjoying the time off he deserves.