On June 5, Captain Josiah “Britt” Matthews was selected to promote to Battalion Chief effective on June 13. Chief Matthews began his career with the Escondido Fire Department as a Firefighter Paramedic in 2004 and was promoted to Fire Captain in 2011.
He has served in a variety roles throughout his tenue in Escondido including; Regional Urban Search and Rescue Team member, SWAT Paramedic Team Leader, and Emergency Medical Services Quality Assurance Manager. Britt represents the Fire Department on a number of committees and working groups focused on the delivery of Emergency Medical Services. In addition to his Fire Department duties, Britt is an active educator and instructor who has trained Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, and pre-hospital providers in local, national, and international venues.