Acting County/Cal Fire chief gets permanent post on Monday

Cal Fire announced that Robert Lewin will be appointed as the agency’s unit chief for San Luis Obispo County on Monday.

The appointment makes him officially the fire chief for San Luis Obispo County, the city of Pismo Beach, and the community services districts in Los Osos and Avila Beach, County/Cal Fire announced on Sunday.

Those local governments contract with the state agency for fire protection.

Lewin will oversee about 3,200 square miles of area the agency covers in the county, with more than 600 personnel that include full-time, seasonal, inmate, reserve and volunteer firefighters.

Cal Fire has 21 local fire stations, two conservation camps, an air base and emergency command center in San Luis Obispo County, the agency said.

With more than 32 years in fire-protection service, Lewin started his career in San Luis Obispo County in 1978 as a firefighter at Cal Poly, and then in 1979 was a firefighter locally for Cal Fire.

He then was a fire apparatus engineer for Cal Fire in Riverside County before he was promoted to fire captain in San Luis Obispo County in 1988.

He rose through the ranks in a variety of positions, and since December 2010 has been the acting unit chief for San Luis Obispo County.