Command Staff

Interim Fire Chief, Brian Park

Brian Park started his time with the Rialto Fire Department in 1997 as a Crafton Hills College Paramedic student while working at the Barona Fire Department as a firefighter/EMT in San Diego County. He became the first full-time firefighter/paramedic at Barona upon completing the Crafton Paramedic Program, where he also attended their Fire Academy. He returned to Rialto in 1999 when he was hired as a full-time firefighter/paramedic. He was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2007 and Battalion Chief in 2012. He has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Columbia Southern University and he has completed the requirements for Chief Officer through California State Fire Training. He was promoted to Division Chief in 2019 where he overall all Fire Department Operations including Fire, EMS, Training, Rescue and Emergency Response personnel including the three shift Battalion Chiefs. Chief Park served as the Acting Fire Chief for Rialto in 2019 and assumed Command of the Fire Department as the Interim Fire Chief in June of 2020.

Interim Division Chief,  Cory Cisneros

Cory Cisneros started his Fire Service career in 1995 with San Bernardino County Fire Department then leaving for West Covina Fire Department where He spent the last 17 years prior to coming to Rialto Fire Department.Cory has worked through various ranks and assignments during his career. Ranging from Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Captain, Training Officer, Recruit Coordinator, and Senior Instructor. He also is a member of CALFIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Type-1) and holds numerous Overhead/Single Resource qualifications and responds to All-Hazard Incidents throughout the Western United States. Cory is a graduate of Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf College. He also is a graduate of Crafton Hills Paramedic and Victor Valley College Fire Academy programs. Currently, He is certified as a Fire Officer and Chief Officer through California State Fire Training.

Battalion Chief, Matt Blanco

Matt Blanco started his career as a Reserve Firefighter for the Loma Linda Fire Department after graduating from Crafton Hills college in 2000.  In 2003, he graduated from the Riverside Community College Paramedic Program and worked as a Paramedic for AMR Rancho Division. He began his career at the Rialto Fire Department in 2004 as a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic. He was promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2014 and to the rank of Battalion Chief in 2020. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management through Purdue Global University and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology through Crafton Hills College. He is certified as a Fire Officer and Instructor for Firefighter Survival and RIC Operations through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Battalion Chief, Craig Hauenstein

Craig Hauenstein started his time with the Rialto Fire Department in 1997 as a Crafton Hills College Paramedic student while working at American Medical Response, (AMR) in Glendale. After completing Paramedic school he worked full time as a Paramedic for the Palm Springs division of AMR. Craig Hauenstein spent the next six years teaching as an adjunct instructor for the Crafton Hills College EMT and Paramedic programs. Craig completed the Fire Academy in 2002 and was hired by the Rialto Fire Department in May of 2003 as a full time firefighter/paramedic. Craig promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in 2011 and Battalion Chief in 2019. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and Emergency Medical Services from Crafton Hills College, he has also completed the requirements for Company Officer and Chief Officer through California State Fire Training. Craig is also an instructor for the State of California in the areas of Confined Space, Auto Extrication, Firefighter Survival, and RIC Operations

Battalion Chief, Paul Truffa

Paul Truffa decided he wanted to be a firefighter at 16 years of age. He took an EMT course in high school and became a Fire Explorer with Orange County Fire Authority. Paul graduated from Palomar Community College’s combined Fire/Paramedic Academy (2003) and was a licensed paramedic by the time he was 20. Before coming to the Inland Empire, Paul was a seasoned practicing paramedic in Orange, San Diego, and LA Counties. Rialto Fire Department noticed his determination and potential and hired him as a full-time firefighter/paramedic in 2004. Since that time, Paul has held and excelled in every rank in the fire service, including firefighter/paramedic, engineer (2013), captain (2016), and now battalion chief (2020). Paul is completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Emergency Management from Purdue Global University, is a certified Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, and has completed the necessary California State Fire Marshall training classes to be a certified Fire Officer.

Interim Battalion Chief, Brett Westphal

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Interim EMS Coordinator, Kevin Dearden

Kevin Dearden has been a member of the Rialto Fire Department for over 7 years, serving as Firefighter Paramedic before promoting as the EMS QI Coordinator and now serving as the Interim EMS Coordinator. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration and is a certified instructor in Handtevy Pediatric Resuscitation, CPR and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support.    Kevin relocated to Southern California after spending 5 years as a Paramedic in Alameda County.  Kevin was recently published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services for his work on Cardiac Resuscitation.  Kevin currently oversees Rialto Fire Departments Community Paramedic Program, Ambulance Operator Program, emergency medical services education and clinical care analysis.

Assistant Fire Marshal, Kerri Rodriguez

Kerri began volunteering with the fire department December 2002. In August 2004, Kerri was hired as a full time code enforcement officer in the Rialto Police Department. In March 2005, Kerri returned to the Fire Department as an inspector. In January of 2013, she was  recruited as Assistant Fire Marshal Duties include: new construction inspections, annual and business license inspections, coordinating plan review, and overseeing the apartment inspection program.

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