Richard  Schell

Richard Schell - The McMullen Company, Inc.

Richard Schell
The McMullen Company, Inc.
1260 Lake Boulevard, Suite 226
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 757-1291


Richard Schell
The McMullen Company, Inc.

Expert Profile

(530) 757-1291

Retired from Cal-Fire (then CDF) as a Chief Officer (Staff Chief) in 2004 after a 35 year career in Fire Planning and Engineering, Administration, Fire and Resource Management Training, Fire Protection, Fire Prevention, Forest Practice, Service Forestry, Wildfire and Structural Fire Suppression including Fire Investigations, Wildfire Loss Mitigation and Land Use Planning.
Currently the proprietor of Resources for Wildfire Solutions (RWS Consulting), specializing in Wildfire Forensics and Litigation Support, including post-wildfire structure assessment, post-wildfire suppression strategy and tactics analysis, wildfire cost analysis, the wildland-urban interface, fire loss mitigation, defensible space and the Incident Command System (ICS).

Education: Bachelors of Science (Cum Laude), Forest Management, Northern Arizona University, 1975, California Registered Professional Forester, #1978

Expert Witness/Consultant: Litigation Support and Expertise in Wildfire Suppression, Wildfire Loss Mitigation, Wildfire Prevention and Public Safety, Structure Survivability, Fire Suppression Analysis, and Fire Suppression Cost Analysis; Post-Fire Mitigation.
California Department Of Forestry And Fire Protection (CDF), Retired

Chief, Fire Planning And Engineering: Supervising California Fire Plan, Fire Safe Program, Chair of the California Fire Alliance staff workgroup, member of the State Fire Marshal Urban-Wildland Interface Building Code Workgroup; Coordinator for 10 California Firewise Community Planning Workshops; State Firewise Coordinator; Western State Foresters representative to Community and Private Land Fire Assistance rule writing (2002 National Farm Bill); Western State representative to the National Association of State Foresters Federal Policy Committee, Authored wildfire component of the California State Hazard Mitigation Plan; Wildfire representative to the State Hazard Mitigation Team; Wildfire representative to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Fire Hazard Planning and County Wildfire Mitigation Development Team.

Chief, Management Services, Northern One-Half of California: Managed Personnel, Finance, Health and Safety, Workers Compensation, Fire Prevention including fire cost recovery, and Facility Construction programs region wide; Chair of CDF Management Services Committee, Chair of CDF Personnel and Finance Workload Study. Directly managed a $10 million budget and provided oversight to the $110 million region wide budget.

Deputy Chief, Fire Weather, Statistics, Budgeted Fire Staffing and Allocations, and State Responsibility Area Mapping: Staffed development of the Interagency California Fire Weather Forecasting Program and fire weather data collection system; Administered Budgeted Fire Staffing and Resource Allocations; Liaison to State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection for Statutory Fire Protection Mapping.

Deputy Chief, Operations And Fire Training, CDF Academy: Director of Fire Training, Director of Resource Management Training, Director of Camp Training, Academy Operations and Mobile Equipment fleet. Staff lead and team writer of CDF Training Plan; Development Team for the CDF and State Fire Marshal Training Consolidation Plan.

Deputy Chief, Fire Prevention Engineering: Principle author of Public Resources Code Section 4290 Fire Safe Regulations (California Code of Regulations Sections 1270-1276, Roads, Water, Signing and Fuel Modification); Coordinator for Defensible Space Factor Study resulting in collection of structural fire loss factors that led to Painted Cave Fire (Santa Barbara) and Tunnel Fire (Oakland/Berkley) analyses; Member of the Western Fire Chiefs Wildland Urban Interface Guide Book workgroup; Program manager for Volunteers-In-Prevention (3,000 citizen volunteers) and the Fire Safe Program; Selected CDF’s 1st mass media contractor; Developed numerous fire prevention brochures and guides including major revision of the Fire Safe Guide to Residential Development in California; Created the title/theme and developed the technical material for Fire Safe Inside and Out life safety campaign in 1990.

Other CDF Positions And Assignments: Division Chief, Pre-Fire Planning, Supervising Fire Prevention, Resource Management and Vegetation Management; Battalion Chief, Resource Management; Fire Captain, Wildland and Structural Fire Protection Assignments. Incident Command System (ICS) Certified and functioned as Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, Safety Officer, Strike Team Leader, Division/Group Supervisor, Supply Unit Leader and Medical Unit Leader. Meeting Logistics, Meeting Facilitation and Meeting Management assignments. PC 830.2 Peace Officer, 26 years, Intermediate P.O.S.T Certificate.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA): Technical advisor to Forest and Rural Committee and primary author of the original NFPA 299 (now 1144), Protection of Life and Property from Wildfire; Wildland Fire Management Section Charter Member (1988); Wildland Fire Management Section Chair (2 terms, 4 years), Secretary (2 years), Regional Director (6 years), Past Chair (4 years); Participant in Code and Standards Development since 1988.

CDF Fire Fighters (Local 2881, California Professional Firefighters, IAFF): Chapter Officer, Region Officer and Director; State Board Member, Constitutional & Organizational Policy Committee; Member of Joint Advisory Committee on Wages and Overtime; Member State Supervisory Meet and Confer Team; Developed Current Union Districting Structure; Consolidated By-Laws and Constitution into a single, organized, functional document

Other Assignments: 5 Years - USFS Fire Prevention Patrol, Fire Suppression, Road Surveying and Design Assignments; 2 Years - US Army, 1st Signal Brigade, including a 12 Month tour in Vietnam; Restaurant Manager.

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