Fire Chief Harold Scoggins to become Chief for Seattle Fire Department

Harold Scoggins


Glendale, CA – The City of Glendale announces the resignation of Fire Chief Harold Scoggins. Chief Scoggins, a 25-year veteran of the department has accepted the position of Fire Chief for the city of Seattle, Washington.  

Chief Scoggins began his fire service career by volunteering to serve in the military as a firefighter for the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1989. After completing his military service, Chief Scoggins joined the Glendale Fire Department as a firefighter in 1989. He was promoted to fire engineer in 1996. In 1998, he promoted to Fire Captain and promoted again in 2003 to Battalion Chief where he managed the department’s safety and training programs and guided the development of company officers and upcoming firefighters. In 2007, he became the Deputy Fire Chief and in 2008 was appointed Fire Chief. 



As Chief Scoggins moved through the ranks, he challenged himself and those around him to make the Glendale Fire the premier Fire Department it has become.  He has an Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology from Glendale Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Cal State University at Los Angeles and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cal State University at Long Beach. 

During his employment with the GFD, Chief Scoggins has worked in all aspects of the department, including assignments and supervision of the Mechanical Maintenance Section, the Warehouse, Verdugo Communications Section, Training and Safety, Operations and Fire Prevention.  He also served on the Glendale Firefighters Board of Directors as well as the Glendale Managers Association Board of Directors. He current is a member of the Glendale Fire Foundation. Chief Scoggins has been a part of many different projects and programs in the GFD, but one of the ones he is most proud of is the Christmas aid program for the under privileged in the Glendale community that he started when he was a firefighter. As a Captain and Battalion Chief, he had the honor of developing the new generation of firefighters as a recruit academy training instructor and supervisor. As the Fire Chief, Chief Scoggins is proud of the technology, and new programs offered by the department. In his tenure, Chief Scoggins was able to develop the cadet program, the ambulance operator program, and transitioned the department from a rescue ambulance response model to a basic life support response model. He has introduced a variety of new technologies to the department including Electronic Patient Record Systems (EPCR), electronic inspection records, transitioned Verdugo Fire Communications Center radios from a conventional system to a trunk radio system and upgraded the conventional telephone system to a Voice over IP system.

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Two of the cutting edge programs that are poised to make the Glendale Fire Department a leading department in the state are the Community Paramedic Pilot Program and Community Emergency Medical Technician program. Chief Scoggins leadership during the developmental phases of these projects was instrumental in the department providing these programs to the Glendale Community.  

Chief Scoggins involvement in community organizations, both past and present, include the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, American Red Cross, Glendale Youth Alliance, Salvation Army, Glendale Memorial Hospital, Glendale Adventist Medical Center and is a proud Rotarian. Once a month, he served as the guest chef at Ascencia,making breakfast for the resident. Chief Scoggins is also the past President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chief’s Association and current executive board member and is the current Area 2 representative for the California Fire Chiefs Association. According to Chief Scoggins, “I always try to put the community first.  Every decision I make, I base it on putting our community first.”

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Not only dedicated to the Glendale Community, Chief Scoggins is also very involved in his community. He coaches youth basketball and football. He currently serves as the President of the West Covina Bruins Junior All American Football and Cheer program, which serves almost 300 kids annually. 

Chief Scoggins is married to his wife Abigail and has four children: Anthony, 26, Jasmine, 23, Nicole, 14, and Isaiah, 12 -- who are excited as they are about to embark on a new challenge in Seattle, Washington.  Chief Scoggins will start with the Seattle Fire Department in April. Upon his departure, Deputy Chief Greg Fish will be appointed as the Interim Fire Chief of the Glendale Fire Department.  


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Glendale Fire Department 

Mission: The mission of the Glendale Fire Department is to protect life and property by providing the highest level of service to the community.

Values: Excellence in service, integrity, approachability, respect, communication and professionalism


The Glendale Fire Department slogan, “Community First,” exemplifies the department’s commitment to serving the community and dedication to their profession. Fire Chief Harold Scoggins was appointed to oversee the Glendale Fire Department as of May 1, 2008.

GFD Engineer Ara Hoonanian



GFD Engineer Gabe Vaca


GFD Firefighter Paramedic Kevin Ku

Fire Prevention Annual Certified Unified Permit Information

The Glendale Fire Department permits and regulates businesses who generate, store and/or treat hazardous materials and industrial waste. The cost of these permits varies depending on the type of business, and the type/quantity of hazardous/industrial materials on site/processed. The Glendale Fire Department recently sent out inspection invoices to businesses within the community.  Click here to learn more about the inspection program, the fee schedule and the billing process.

There are 3 options to pay an inspection invoice:

1. Mail in a payment: The mailing address for the CUPA inspections is City of Glendale, P.O. Box 51462, Los Angeles, CA 90051. Please make checks payable to City of Glendale and include your GFD inspection number on your check.

2. In-person payment: You can make a payment in person Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 141 N. Glendale Ave., Level 2, Glendale, CA 91206.

3. 7-Eleven payment: You can make a cash only payment at local 7-Eleven convenience stores for an additional fee of $2.99.


2014-2015 Winter Shelter information

Click here to review the 2014-2015 Winter shelter locations, guidelines, and transportation option. 


Fire Prevention and Company Inspection Program

The Glendale Fire Department conducts periodic inspections of most building throughout the city to ensure the safety of Glendale residents. Most of these inspections are conducted by engine and truck company firefighters. The cost of these inspections is $32.00 per half-hour, and an invoice is issued after the completion of the inspection. The Glendale Fire Department has contracted with a billing service who recently sent out inspection invoices. Click here to learn more about the inspection program and the billing process. 

There are 3 options to pay an inspection invoice:

1. Mail in a payment: The billing service mailing address is Glendale Fire Department, 28632 Roadside Drive, Ste. 100, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Please make checks payable to City of Glendale and include your GFD inspection number on your check. 

2. Online payment: Click here and you will be directed to the billing company's online payment system to make your payment. 

3. Phone payment: Please call 818-538-5644 to make a payment over the phone. 


GFD Services: Watch the More than 9-1-1 video below to learn about all of the services provided by the Glendale Fire Department.