Chief Bret Gouvea

Bret Gouvea
Chief Bret Gouvea

Chief Gouvea began his career with CAL FIRE in 1990, as a Firefighter I in the Shasta-Trinity Unit (SHU).  After working his way through the ranks of Engineer, Fire Captain and Battalion Chief, in 2010, Chief Gouvea accepted an Assistant Chief position at Ishi Conservation Camp in the Tehama-Glenn Unit.  In 2012, he transferred back to SHU as Assistant Chief, East Division/Sugar Pine Conservation Camp before accepting the Deputy Chief Operations position in SHU December 2013. In December 2018, Chief Gouvea accepted the position of CAL FIRE SHU Unit Chief and Shasta County Fire Department Chief and County Fire Warden.

Chief Gouvea served for 12 years on CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams (IMT) as an Operations Branch Director, Operations Section Chief, and from 2015 through 2019, he served as the Incident Commander on IMT 1.  Chief Gouvea was a member of the statewide Budget Re-design Committee and currently is the Chair on the SHIELD Regional Training Consortium Board of Directors, in which he assisted in the development of in 2015. He has been a member of numerous instructional cadres and is a certified California State Fire Marshal Instructor. Chief Gouvea holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Shasta Community College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Chico.

Chief Gouvea resides in Redding with his two sons. They enjoy hunting, fishing, golfing and camping.