Fire Chief Rick Vogt joined the Escondido Fire Department in March 2015 to serve as the Training and EMS Division Chief and promoted to Deputy Chief-Operations in 2016. He was appointed Fire Chief in April 2017.
Before joining Escondido Fire Department, Chief Vogt served the San Marcos Fire Department for nearly 10 years as an EMS, Administrative and field Battalion Chief. Prior to that, Chief Vogt worked for CAL FIRE in Riverside County for 15 years, including assignments as a Station Captain, Training Officer and Public Affairs Bureau Manager. Chief Vogt also served as a member of the command staff of “CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6” for eleven years.
Chief Vogt is currently a member of the California and San Diego County Fire Chiefs Associations. He has also served as a member of the San Diego County Emergency Medical Care Committee, the chair of the San Diego Operational Area CICCS Committee, and the President of the California Fire Technology Directors Association.
Chief Vogt earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree at Point Loma Nazarene University and a Masters degree in Public Administration at CSU San Bernardino. Chief Vogt has been married for 25 years to his wife Karen, who is a fifth-grade elementary school teacher. They have four children: Kierstin (21) is a senior at Cal Baptist University majoring in liberal studies, Annika (14) is a high school freshman, and twins Eric and Caitlyn (9) are in the fourth grade.