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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/12/2019 03:33 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/12/2019 10:34 PM
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Services This Saturday for EPFD Board Director, Veteran & Retired Battalion Chief Thomas J. Sullivan

Arnold, CA...It is with deep regret that the Ebbetts Pass Fire District must announce the passing of one of our Board of Directors Thomas J. Sullivan. Tom passed away on Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home in Arnold. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 PM at Ebbetts Pass Fire District Station 1, located at 1037 Blagen Road in Arnold, CA 95223.






After the funeral service, his wife, Jackie, and his family would like to invite you to celebrate the life of Tom Sullivan at a reception to be held at the Independence Hall located at 1445 Blagen Rd, Arnold, CA 95223. The Family has requested that anyone planning on attending the Celebration of Life to please R.S.V.P. by emailing Ebbetts Pass Fire District at epfd@epfd.org

Tom had served for over 24 years on the Board of Directors for the Ebbetts Pass Fire District. Tom was a Veteran of the United States Army and a retired Battalion Chief from Orange County Fire.

Tom started his career with Orange County Fire in 1960 retiring in 1987. In 1994, Tom became a Director for the Ebbetts Pass Fire District where his knowledge, guidance and direction helped to evolve our current Fire District.



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Tom will be greatly missed.
Posted on: 2019-11-12 21:53:57   By: Anonymous
 
So very sorry to hear this sad news. Tom was one of the nicest men, always ready to lend a helping hand or an understanding ear, and he worked hard for our community. My heart goes out to his kind and lovely wife, Jackie. We should all be so lucky as they were with each other. Rest peacefully, Tom, and thank you for everything.

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Posted on: 2019-11-13 09:37:59   By: Anonymous
 
Thomas J. Sullivan “Sully” started his career in the fire service in 1960 with The California Department of Forestry (CDF) in Orange County. He served many of his early years at the Orange County Airport helping to develop the first Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting protocols for the Department. Sully designed and built the first live fire pits and fuselage mockups to help train airport firefighters in Orange County.

Sully’s passion was to train others and he was one of the first ‘firefighters” hired by The County of Orange. He was responsible for training CDF firefighters in Orange County as well as the County Volunteer firefighters.

The training and safety of his firefighters were behind his drive to push for and develop firefighter academies for CDF firefighters assigned to Orange County. He was responsible for the very first training manuals developed for the Orange County Fire Department. He was also instrumental in developing standard operating procedures for fire ground operations.

He helped with the transition from CDF to the newly formed Orange County Fire Department in 1980.

During his tenure as the County Fire Training Officer and later as the Battalion Chief in charge of the training division he was responsible for many milestones in setting standards for the ranks from firefighter to Battalion Chief both in Orange County and on the State level.

Some of these included, firefighter physical agility testing, basic recruit firefighter academies, developing state wide standards for instructors certified by State Fire Training, State Firefighter 1 and EMT certification requirements for all firefighters in the Department. Developing and instituting Assessment center evaluations for promotion to Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief.

In approximately 1982 Sully returned to the field as Battalion Chief. He always led by example and was known as a gentle but tough leader. Sully was known and loved for his self-assured, calm actions at emergencies and his strong desire to see everyone return home safely after every shift. He earned tremendous respect from his fellow firefighters and was always a mentor to the many firefighters he came in contact with over the years. His smile and humor was contagious and he was well liked by everyone. He always stuck up for those under his command and was known for his integrity.


He retired from the Orange County Fire Department in 1986. The one thing he did not get to see to fruition before he retired was his dream of a dedicated training center for Orange County Fire. After his retirement and the subsequent formation of the Orange County Fire Authority a state of the art fire training center was finally built at the new OCFA headquarters. His enduring legacy is the OCFA Training Center where current and future generations of firefighters train.


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Posted on: 2019-11-14 19:26:52   By: Anonymous
 
Tom was a wonderful guy, always smiling and a positive influence on any group he was a part of. He told me stories of growing up in the Chicago area and working on building a skyscraper 20 floors or more up. One day a guy took a wrong step and I recall tom saying he quit that day. Came to ca and we all benefited. Rest in peace.

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