Firefighter of the Year

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) has named Battalion Chief Jim Sturtevant as the recipient of the 2016 David B. Dewey Firefighter of the Year Award. Sturtevant received the honor at the annual RSFFPD Appreciation Dinner for his dedication, sense of duty, leadership, commitment to the fire district, and customer service. Hired by the RSFFPD in 1984, Sturtevant served as a firefighter, engineer, and captain before being promoted to battalion chief in 2006. In addition to his regular assigned duties, Sturtevant has served on the hazmat committee and written grant proposals on behalf of the district, including a successful proposal that made it possible for the fire district to replace all of the firefighters’ breathing apparatus in 2009. While overseeing facility maintenance, he diligently saw that all corrections or construction were completed on time and under budget. “It is a true honor to be recognized by your peers,” says Fire Chief Tony Michel. “Jim Sturtevant is an outstanding battalion chief and we are privileged to have him as a member of this district.”

Formed in 1946, RSFFPD now spans approximately 38-square miles and protects over 29,000 citizens. RSFFPD works to follow the core values that define district culture, including sense of duty, pride, teamwork, appreciation, leadership, and family. The fire district currently operates out of five full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, and 4S Ranch. To learn more about RSFFPD visit