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Central Coast City Gets New Fire Chief

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Lompoc is getting a new fire chief in August, and it's the first female chief in the city's history.

First female chief in city's history

A Central Coast community is going to have what may be the first female fire chief in the region. The City of Lompoc has hired Alicia Welch as its new chief.

Welch has been a firefighter for nearly three decades.

She was with the Los Angeles Fire Department for 27 years, starting as a firefighter and rising to become a Battalion Chief. In 2018, she became Fire Chief for the City of Golden, Colorado.

Welch was chosen following a nationwide search, following the retirement of Chief Gerald Kuras. She’ll take over her new post in August.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.