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Livermore Pleasanton Fire Deputy Chief Jane Moorhead to Retire

Deputy Chief Moorhead's last roll call will be held on Friday, December 21 at 11:45 a.m. outside of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Headquarters on Nevada Street in Pleasanton.

From the City of Pleasanton:

Deputy Chief Jane Moorhead is retiring from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department after almost 18 years of service with LPFD.  In total, Moorhead retires after almost 34 years of public service. 

A Bay Area Native, Moorhead grew up in Oakland and attended Oakland High School and went on to complete a B.S. in Forestry at the University of California at Berkeley.  She began her public service career in 1979, as a Park Ranger for the East Bay Regional Park District, and eventually joined their Fire Department and became one of two EMT's at the time. 

Jane became interested in a Firefighter-Paramedic position thinking that it seemed like, “the best job in the world.”  She enrolled in Paramedic School at the Foothill/Stanford program.  After finishing the program in 1989, Jane was hired by the City Benicia Fire Department. 

In 1995 she returned to Alameda County, joining the Livermore Fire Department as a Firefighter-Paramedic. She was promoted to Captain in 2001, to Battalion Chief in 2006, and to Deputy Chief in 2010. 

Throughout her career, Jane has been heavily involved in training with an emphasis on EMS and Wildland Firefighting.  She completed the demanding California State Fire Marshal’s Master Instructor program in May, 2000. She has taught at both Los Medanos and Las Positas Colleges EMT, Paramedic and Fire Science programs. Jane is a member of FEMA California Task Force 4 and the East Bay Incident Management Team. She still considers Firefighter/Paramedic the “best job in the world.”

Jane is married to her husband, Bob Heady. They reside in Dublin with their certified therapy dog, Kylie. Jane and her husband, Bob, enjoy cycling, hiking and kayaking and are avid world travelers. Jane and her husband enjoy cycling, hiking and kayaking and are avid world travelers.  

The last roll call for Deputy Chief Moorhead will be held on Friday, December 21 at 11:45 a.m. outside of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Headquarters located at 3560 Nevada Street in Pleasanton.

Trevor Tooze December 20, 2012 at 05:46 AM
Maybe you could have had the job, if you had ther qualifications, aptitude, desire, and a good work ethic. Maybe she will let you carry her bags, when she travels.
Kassidy Peters December 20, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Why bash on the firefighters? Jane actually got off her butt and made a change in the world. She served multiple cities, saved many lives, and touched many hearts. Jane was one of the first women to be hired as a firefighter in LIvermore. Being female in a male dominated occupation is tough enough. My guess is that if you were in need of emergency assistance, you would take it and be grateful. She is a fantastic role model for young women looking to pursue career in this field. These public servants put their lives on the line everyday. Remember, they go running into fires when you run out. They are saving lives 24/7. With that said, I say she should enjoy her retirement. Congratulations and thank you Jane!!!
Bob O'Brien December 21, 2012 at 05:22 AM
This woman has saved hundreds of lives during her career and made a lot of sick patients feel much better using her medic skills. As a firefighter, she did things that most cannot even imagine or stomach. As an executive officer, she helped manage many large fires both structures and wildland. Like many firefighters and paramedics, she was exposed to serious infectious diseases and chemicals during her career, and I sure the hell hope she doesn't come down with any job related illnesses when she is retired. What you may not understand is that she paid into her retirement and doesn't qualify for Social Security or Medicare when she reaches age. By the way, she pays taxes just like all of us too.
Sebastian Wong December 21, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Dear Reader, I am sure that it was a wonderful career. As for luxury, imagine that you are in a police car and you are going to a call where your radio dispatcher tells you that a person has opened fire in an elementary school. You arrive and run towards the sounds of gunfire knowing full well that this may be your last day on earth. Your mind quickly thinks of how much you love your family but you cannot take the time to call them because time is of the essence and you must do your duty. Now imagine you are one of the firefighters who are following the police officer ahead of you. When you walk into a classroom, sounds of crying children rise up over the shouts and screams of other children. You now count 13-15 children lying on the floor, some with blood still oozing from their lifeless bodies but you stop thinking about your own children and start to work on trying to save those that you can. Then the ambulance shows up and the firefighter and the paramedic and police officer jump into the ambulance to hurry that grievously injured child to the hospital. Working feverishly to keep this young life from succumbing to their wounds. All over America, men and women of the public safety profession go to work day in and day out to calls similar to what I've described. Members of the military past, present and future have died on countless lands to give you your right to vent. Could you do that job of our troops and public safety members?
Sebastian Wong December 21, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Congratulations Chief Moorhead, Contrary to what some people may think about public safety, I know that you truly deserve a long and happy retirement.

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