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District Vice President Emeritus

Phone: (916) ***-****  HQ Phone
California Professional Firefighters
1780 Creekside Oaks , Suite 200
Sacramento, California 95833
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Second District Executive Board Member
    CPF
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California Professional Firefighters - Reduced Wind Aids Battle Against Nine Nor Cal Fires
www.cpf.org, 17 July 2014 [cached]
In Memoriam: CPF Second District VP Emeritus John Tennant Wind Whipped Fire Scorches So Cal, Gov. Declares Drought
In Memoriam: CPF Second District VP ...
www.cpf.org, 5 Feb 2014 [cached]
In Memoriam: CPF Second District VP Emeritus John Tennant California Professional Firefighters - In Memoriam: CPF Second District VP Emeritus John Tennant
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In Memoriam: CPF Second District VP Emeritus John Tennant
California Professional Firefighters joins Pasadena Firefighters Local 809 and the fire service in mourning the passing of CPF Second District Emeritus and former State Fire Marshal John Tennant. Tennant died this past weekend after a short illness.
Brother Tennant began his public safety career in 1972 with the Pasadena Fire Department, for whom he worked for 28 years, retiring as a captain. In 1985, he was elected president of Pasadena Firefighters Local 809, a post he held for over 14 years. He was elected as CPF 2nd District Vice President in 1994, and his plain-spoken demeanor and knack for "cutting to the chase" earned him the respect of the entire firefighter family.
Throughout his career, Tennant was leader in his community and the fire service. He served his profession as an expert on ladder truck safety and a labor instructor in the fire chiefs' training curriculum. John also served as special assistant to state Senator Cecil Greene, helping draft legislation to strengthen the state building codes.
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In 2000, John Tennant was appointed as the California State Fire Marshal. In that role, Brother Tennant earned a reputation for strict enforcement of the state's fire safety building codes. In the aftermath of 9/11, Tennant helped secure $1 million in funding from the state's Workforce Investment Act to finance the CFFJAC's Terrorism Consequence Management training program - the first nation's post-9/11 terrorism-response training to focus on the fire service.
"Throughout his career, John Tennant made a difference for our profession, whether it was as a firefighter, labor president or as state fire marshal," said CPF President Lou Paulson.
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John was diagnosed with metastatic esophageal cancer on Nov 21, 2013, passed on Dec 13, 2013, at home peacefully with his children by his side. He is survived by his children Shawna, Lisa, Brian and his brother, Mark Tennant. Dad said "he was a happy man."
Memorial Services
A celebration of the life of John Tennant will be held on February 5th in Pasadena. Details below:
Celebration of the Life of John Tennant
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In Memoriam: CPF Second District VP Emeritus John Tennant Wind Whipped Fire Scorches So Cal, Gov. Declares Drought
Former Pasadena Fire Department Captain ...
www.pasadenaweekly.com, 18 Jan 2014 [cached]
Former Pasadena Fire Department Captain John Tennant remembered for his work for firefighters on the frontlines
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Former state Fire Marshal John Tennant, past president of the Pasadena Firefighters Association Local 809 and a former vice president of the California Professional Firefighters (CPF) Second District, died on Dec. 13 after battling esophageal cancer. He was 65. Tennant, who was a captain, joined the local Fire Department in 1972. He was elected president of Local 809 in 1985, staying in that post for 14 years. In 1994, he was elected as CPF Second District vice president.
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Tennant was very influential among sitting council members, many of whom his firefighters campaigned for during his time as union president. In the 1990s, before the elected mayor became the council's eighth member, Tennant was considered by some observers to be the council's unelected eighth member when it came to issues regarding public safety and the fire and police pension funds.
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"Going forward, I am going to teach everything that John taught me. It provides for a stronger community." Tennant was also considered an expert in ladder truck safety. He later served as special assistant to Sen.
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After the terrorist attacks on Washington DC and New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, Tennant helped secure $1 million in funding from the state's Workforce Investment Act to finance the California Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee's Terrorism Consequence Management Training Program. The program was the nation's first post-9/11 terrorism-response training to focus on the fire service. "Throughout his career, John Tennant made a difference for our profession, whether it was as a firefighter, labor president or as state fire marshal," said CPF President Lou Paulson in a statement.
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oldsite.cpf.org, 10 Feb 2003 [cached]
CPF 2nd District Executive Board Member John Tennant also spoke to the Council.
Pasadena celebrates life of former ...
www.pasadenastarnews.com, 5 Feb 2014 [cached]
Pasadena celebrates life of former firefighter John Tennant A celebration of life service for former Pasadena Fire dept. Capt. and state fire marshall, John Tennant at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (Keith Birmingham Pasadena Star-News)
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PASADENA>> To friends, family, the city and the public safety community, John Tennant was a role model and a hero who gave his entire life to serving others.
Those who truly lose themselves in service to others are the most fortunate of mankind. John was fortunate. He was able to fulfill his calling, Pasadena Fire Chief Calvin Wells said at a celebration of Tennants life Wednesday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The bottom line is, John Tennant took care of people.
Tennant died in December after a battle with cancer. He was 65.
Tennant was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, playing football at Azusa High School and then at Citrus College.
He joined the Pasadena Fire Department in 1972 and was elected president of the Local 809 union in 1985, serving for 15 years. In 1994 he was elected to the California Professional Firefighters Association (CPF) board and in 2000 he was appointed the California State Fire Marshal.
Those who worked with him remarked on Tennants ability to understand politics and work for firefighters in negotiations. Wells said Tennant had a large hand in strengthening the local Pasadena union.
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Tennant also sacrificed for his family, starting work at the Azusa drive-in at age 13 to help out his mother, and giving his own kids everything he had when he had free time from his consuming work with the unions.
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Fishing for John was like going to church for may people. He found his peace, his serenity.
Tennant is survived by his children Shawna, Lisa and Brian and his brother Mark.
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