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This profile was last updated on 6/25/12  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Angels Camp Fire Marshal
  • Communications Technician
    Air Force Intelligence


  • associate's degree , fire science
    Columbia College
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"We are halfway completed with the ..., 25 June 2012 [cached]
"We are halfway completed with the fencing," said Dewayne Brown, executive director of support services. - The Union Democrat Online, 27 June 2006 [cached]
Other Tuolumne County residents go to Calaveras County to use fireworks, said Angels Camp Fire Marshal Dewayne Brown.
"Utica Park can get really full," he said."We patrol the whole town with fire and law enforcement officers, and when the park has a big crowd, we station a fire engine there."
Brown said the residents of Angels Camp seem to really appreciate being able to use fireworks.
"The only time we have any problems is when people use illegal fireworks," Brown said.
In the City of Angels Camp, Fire Marshal Dewayne Brown receives the permits from the state and inspects fireworks booths in the city limits. - The Union Democrat Online, 25 Jan 2007 [cached]
Dewayne Brown took the second-degree burns on his hand and leg as a lesson.But they didn't deter him from becoming one of the longest-serving members of the Angels Camp Fire Department.
Thirty-two years after suffering burns on his first day of fire training, Brown has worked just about every job the department has to offer , serving for the past 10 years as Angels Camp's fire marshal.
But he still remembers that 1975 exercise, which dealt with flammable liquids.
"At the time, we didn't have the safety equipment we have these days," Brown said."The intent of (the exercise) was to build confidence."
Brown was directed to extinguish pipes pumped with burning fuel, placed in the middle of a pond.With a wet glove and a tear in his pants, Brown said he learned the importance of quality safety equipment and good technique.
"I ended up with a second-degree burn on my leg and right hand, because it got a little too realistic," Brown laughed."You know they don't do that kind of training anymore."
In three decades, Brown has served three chiefs , and as chief, for 15 years starting in 1981.
During his tenure, Brown has seen the original Bret Harte High School building , where he attended classes , burn to the ground.As fire chief at the time, Brown initiated the investigation that led to the conviction of two boys for arson in that 1994 case.
"It was actually the one I graduated from, so it was pretty emotional for me," Brown said, recalling a number of disjointed fires that led to the loss of the building."We determined early on that it was arson."
With help from the state fire marshal, investigators concluded the boys used a shredded paper trail to lead the fire from one part of the building to the other.
After being drafted in 1971, Brown served four years in the Air Force as a communications technician.But that was not before graduating from a vocational school with a engineering license in broadcast electronics, with plans to become a country western radio DJ.
Brown in 1975 returned to Angels Camp, where he was raised from the age of 10.After working briefly as a security guard at the Forest Meadows subdivision, Brown applied for six different jobs that an employment agency was working to fill.By chance, Brown insists, he ended up with the fire department.
"I wasn't pursuing a career in fire service," said Brown.
Brown thrived in his new position, soon earning an associate's degree in fire science at Columbia College and rising to engineer, captain and volunteer chief.He later took part in the state fire marshal's certification program.Brown is now in charge of inspections, investigations and fire safety and prevention education.
"I've been working in this building for 32 years," Brown said at the Angels Camp Firehouse."I just hung around enough, I guess."
On top of training, Brown said much of his fire knowledge came with on-the-job experience.
"The practical stuff, the nuts and bolts kind of stuff," Brown said."Besides the book learning, you get to know people and unique situations around town."
He remembers responding to medical calls before it became standard for fire departments to do so.
"I had a '47 Chevy half-ton pickup and an old Emmerson resuscitator," Brown said."That's about all we had back then."
Brown said he did all the maintenance on the vehicle, which the city bought for a hose truck in 1946.
Brown has watched the department go from an all-volunteer staff until the department began employing several full-time paid staff, and put volunteers on paid call last year.
Brown said most fires he investigates are structures, due to the losses involved, but remembers one of his first forest fire calls, the massive 1987 Stanislaus Complex Fire.
"(Forest) fire behavior is really different," Brown said."Forest fire can move through the same area several times.It's much more spectacular when you have trees 150 feet (tall) and flame heights of 300 feet."
Outside of the department, Brown is a lector at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, and often performs the Eucharist.He hopes to begin ministering to inmates at Vallecito Conservation Camp.
"It is an established ministry," said Brown, who has contact with the inmates when they assist the fire department."The problem is they don't have enough people to provide for the spiritual needs of the inmates."
Brown also helped found Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council, which works to minimize potential wildfire damage in the county.Brown is currently president of the group.
Under Brown, the council has developed door-to-door wood chipping services, city road clearing, and lot clearing for senior citizens and disabled persons to prevent fires.
For now, Brown intends to stay put, though he planned to retire this year.Now, he says, he'll keep his job another year or so.
"But I said that last year, too," he laughed.
When he does retire, he wants to "find another job, just stay busy," working on projects on his property in Angels Camp.Looking back, he feels lucky to have worked in fire service.
"It's very rewarding, and I don't think that I would have done anything differently if I had it to do over," he said.
"Baseball and softball scoreboards last a ..., 17 May 2012 [cached]
"Baseball and softball scoreboards last a long time, but at some point they need to be replaced," said Dewayne Brown, executive director of support services.
Troup ISD to purchase color message board | | Tri County Leader, 16 Dec 2010 [cached]
According to Dewayne Brown, TISD executive director of support services, the sign will be full color.
Following a recent inspection by a fire marshal, Brown also said work will need to get started on the high school cafeteria and auditorium to comply with recommendations from the fire marshal. Complying with all of the recommendations could cost as much as $40,000, but Brown said TISD will start with improvements to the fire alarm system in the kitchen and they will install some smoke alarms.
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