Monday, March 14, 2022

March - National Women’s History Month

Jessica Fleshman, Fairfield’s first female Battalion Chief!

Jessica Fleshman was recently promoted to the position of battalion chief. This is a GREAT moment in history because Jessica is not only the first female battalion chief in the history of the Fairfield Fire Department, but the entire County of Solano. Becoming a professional firefighter is a big accomplishment but, persevering through a career and receiving a promotion to the rank of battalion chief is even more challenging.

Jessica is also no stranger to the City of Fairfield. She was raised here, attending Fairview Elementary School, Sullivan Middle School and Fairfield High School (graduating class of 1994). After graduating from High School, she became a volunteer firefighter with Fairfield until 1997 when She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as an ordinance technician. She served four years in the Marines. Jessica was eventually hired full time with the Fairfield Fire Department as a firefighter-paramedic in 2005. While working for the Fairfield Fire Department she achieved numerous accomplishments. Just to name a few; she was a member of the department’s first-honor guard, manages the critical incident stress team and chaplain program, and serves as an instructor and mentor at the Fairfield Public Safety Academy and Solano College. She’s also the handler for the fire department service and therapy dog, a cute Labrador named “Gunner”. It’s also worth noting that Jessica was the first ever female fire captain for the Fairfield Fire Department prior to being promoted to battalion chief.

Her formal education includes an Associate Degree in fire technology and a bachelor’s degree in human resources. She received her paramedic training from the Northern California Training Institute in 2004. She is married with 5 children and lives in Vacaville. Her Husband, Chris is currently a fire captain with Fairfield Fire. While in High School and College, Jessica played on numerous organized sports teams, including softball, soccer, water polo and basketball. She was a proud member of the Solano College Falcons Women’s basketball team. Somehow Jessica also found time to enjoy her love of music as a member of the Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade Drum line. Her musical talents include playing the trombone, piano and bass guitar.

Jessica’s job as battalion chief currently includes managing the fire department training program, supervising fire captains and working as incident commander on large scale incidents. This is a proud moment for the City of Fairfield and the Matt Garcia Foundation in our efforts to Keep Matt’s Dream Alive by making Fairfield a better place for everyone, regardless of race and gender. Congratulations Jessica, we are extremely proud and thankful for your service to our wonderful City!

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