Meet the CSH Fire Chief
Stephen Griswold promoted to Fire Chief at the Department of State Hospitals (DSH) Coalinga on June 9, 2014 with over 20 year of Fire Service experience. Chief Griswold was hired at DSH Coalinga as a firefighter in July 2005 during the activation. In 2011, he fulfilled the duties as the Site Representative for the State Employee Fire Fighters Association (SEFFA). He worked as the Lead Firefighter in the absence of the Fire Chief, and maintained the 1.2 million square foot facility to ensure that DSH-Coalinga is safe for all staff, patients, and visitors.
Prior to starting at DSH Coalinga, Chief Griswold started his career just after getting out of High School in 1993 with Fresno County Fire Protective District as a Paid Call Firefighter. He spent about a year with the Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department in NY where he is a third generation Firefighter. In 1992 He graduated from Coalinga High School in Coalinga, Ca and attended West Hills College. When not at DSH-Coalinga, he has his own Business, and he is a professional Drummer for over 25 years and volunteers teaching drums at the Imaginarium Institute of Fine Arts a non-profit organization. Chief Griswold and CSH Fire Fighters annually fundraise in support of Muscular Dystrophy (MDA), “Fill the Boot” has been around for more than 60 years. In 2015, more than 100,000 fire fighters participated in “Fill the Boot” events across the country and raised $25.5 million. Besides his dedication to DSH Coalinga, Chief Griswold enjoys camping, hiking, biking, and many other outdoor activities with his family.