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Chief Cookston grew up in Fountain Valley and attended Fountain Valley High School. He began his time with Fountain Valley fire department as a volunteer in 1991 working as a fire prevention and suppression reserve. Since beginning his firefighting 25 years ago, Chief Cookston has held every sworn position in the department. This includes - Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, Paramedic Coordinator, Training Captain, Battalion Chief and now Fire Chief. Ron has a passion for training and mentoring people. FVFD continues to utilize the mentoring programs initiated by Chief Cookston including promotional academies and workshops. The Chief has an Associate Arts degree in Fire Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Ron lives in Trabuco Canyon with his wife Lisa where they raised three children: Isabel, Faith and Everett. Moving forward, Chief Cookstons vision for the department includes fostering the relationships and successes of the past and discovering and embracing future success paths to support department personnel as well as the residents and visitors to Fountain Valley.