Fire Chief Mike Lowry began his distinguished fire career in 1979 at the Alpine Fire Department as a paid-call Firefighter. He then took a position with the US Forest Service for two seasons. He joined the Escondido Fire Department as a Firefighter Cadet in September of 1982. He was promoted to Firefighter/Paramedic in 1984, then to both Fire Engineer and then Fire Captain in 1991. Chief Lowry served as Fire Captain for ten years when he was promoted to Fire Division Chief in 2001. Chief Lowry became the 7th appointed Fire Chief in December of 2008. Chief Lowry holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Long Beach.
During the Chief’s long fire service career, he has received numerous commendations for his service to the community and to other fire districts. Chief Lowry has served numerous assignments as strike team leader and safety officer on many of the wildland fire incidents throughout the region. He also served as the “Division A” supervisor on the Paramount Fire and was one of the incident commanders for the Unified Command during the Witch Fire in 2007. Recently, he held the position of President of the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Lowry currently serves as the Southern California Area IV Director for Cal Chiefs.
As Fire Chief, he leads a staff of 90 full time safety, 39 non safety and 25 senior volunteers providing services from 7 fire stations to a population of approximately 153,614 in an area covering 50 square miles in North San Diego County. He takes great pride in upholding the mission of the Escondido Fire Department which is to serve the public and safeguard the community from the impact of fire, medical, and environmental emergencies through education, emergency services, and enforcement.
Recently, Chief Lowry established a new EMS Program which utilizes single role Paramedics to staff department ambulances. In 2010, the department established a Cooperative EMS Division with the San Marcos Fire Department and under his leadership, the Fire Department continues to be committed to maximizing its financial resources in challenging economic times while continuing to provide a high level of service to the citizens of Escondido.
Chief Lowry enjoys traveling, camping, spending time with his family and friends and is an active leader at church. Mike and his wife Cheri have been married for 31 years and have two daughters, Jennifer and Jacki, an almost son, Travis; a son and daughter in law, Steve and Sarah; and four grandchildren.