CHIEF HEALY BIOGRAPHY
John Healy began his career in 1983 as a volunteer firefighter with the Foster City Fire Department. John was hired as a full time firefighter in September of 1984 with the Town of Hillsborough and promoted to Captain in 1995. He joined the Union City Fire Department in May of 2000 where he served as Fire Captain. The San Mateo Fire Department hired John as Battalion Chief on May 23, 2003 and was appointed the position of Deputy Fire Chief on June 1, 2008. On June 8, 2015, Chief Healy was offered and accepted the position of Fire Chief for Belmont, Foster City and San Mateo.
John received his Bachelor of Science Degrees in Fire Administration and Fire Prevention Technology from Cogswell Polytechnical College. John is a certified Chief Officer, CICCS Strike Team Leader, Fire Investigator I, Safety Officer and Division Group Supervisor. Among various committees and projects, he’s been instrumental in serving with the San Mateo County Operations Group and Communications Committee. His relationship with partners such as San Mateo County’s Public Safety Dispatch has been invaluable to the Department.
John has deployed on multiple Strike Teams in various capacities and brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, insight and leadership to our organization. He is always available and is constantly engaged in operational issues and works tirelessly for the good of the fire service.
John grew up in San Mateo with his seven siblings and is committed to serving the community as our next Fire Chief. His historical knowledge of the city and its residents is remarkable. Residing locally in San Carlos with his wife and 3 sons, being involved in fund raisers and public events is an added bonus to the members of Belmont, Foster City & San Mateo Fire Department.