Corey Smith, 40 years of public safety experience in the fire service, law

enforcement and private security (1976-2016). Corey started in public safety in

1976 as a volunteer Firefighter for the Grass Valley Fire Department (GVFD).

After volunteering for 10 years he decided to make public safety his chosen

career. He served as a Company officer, Assistant Chief both as Operations

Chief and as Fire Marshal. Additionally, he served as a Firefighter/EMT for the

Newcastle Fire Protection District for three years, and finally promoted to  Fire

Chief with the Grass Valley Fire Dept. in 1988.

As Fire Chief he served as a City Department Head and managed the

combination volunteer/paid Department, the city’s four fire stations

including five engines, one ladder truck, one medium rescue, and

several command vehicles. He started a comprehensive fire safety inspection

program of the retail establishments within the City of Grass Valley, maintained

a rigorous inspection schedule of the  hospital, health care facilities and

schools. He also worked with fire agencies in Nevada County to enhance Mutual

Aid and joint training.

In 1990, after serving 14 years with the GVFD, he accepted a position with the

California State Fire Marshal’s  (CSFM) Office as a Deputy State Fire Marshal.

Corey reported to the Coastal Region Office in San Leandro, CA. where he was

assigned to Field Operations. As a Deputy State Fire Marshal he conducted

inspections of  all state owned and state leased buildings in San Francisco

County including the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), San

Francisco State University (CSUSF), Hastings College of Law, Cal

Transportation right  of way, county jails and health care facilities. In addition

Corey and his colleagues were assigned to conduct damage assessment of

state occupied buildings as a result of the Loma Prieta earthquake and assigned

to a  damage assessment team during the Berkeley/Oakland Hills fire. 

 In 1992 Corey became the Fire Chief for the California Department of

Developmental  Services at the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) located in

Eldridge, CA. He managed the facility fire station with a full-time staff of

firefighters. The fire station housed three engines, two ambulances, and two

command vehicles. Given the  fact SDC was an aged institution located in rural

Sonoma County and in close proximity to the Rogers creek fault, Corey focused

much of his efforts on fire prevention, disaster preparedness, and clinical staff

training. He served as Chair of the Facility Health & Safety Committee and Chair

of the Emergency Preparedness Committee. The committee work included

policy development, training curriculum  development, training delivery in fire

and disaster preparedness, the establishment of emergency supplies in multiple

geographic locations, conducting hazard assessments, designing and

practicing disaster drills, and establishing mutualand automatic aid agreements

with local fire agencies including joint training drills.

In 2005, after serving 13 years as Fire Chief, Corey transitioned into law

enforcement and accepted a promotion to Supervising Special Investigator II

(Commander) of the  Office of Protective Services (OPS). The Commander is a

member of the facilities Executive Management Team in addition to supervising

all fire and law enforcement  services at SDC, which includes the Fire Dept.,

Police Officers and the Special Investigations Unit.

In 2009 he was asked by the Deputy Director of DDS to transfer to Sacramento

and become the interim Chief of OPS. Corey held this position for three years.

Since  returning to his Supervising Special Investigator II position he has been

assigned to  liaison with the OPS Fire Chiefs, conduct reviews of the

facilities emergency preparedness procedures, coordinate the out-fitting of new

OPS emergency  vehicles, and is currently the OPS radio communications

liaison with Cal OES.

Corey also currently works for All City Patrol Services (ACPS). He has

experience in retail security, both in uniform and undercover for high end stores

such as Coach and Lacoste, large gatherings, weddings, nightclubs and high

risk assignments. He holds a California Security Guard License and an exposed

firearms permit issued by  the Dept. of Consumer Affairs and Bureau of Security

& Investigative Services.


Corey is a graduate of Nevada Union High School class of 1978, a graduate of

the 21st Specialized Investigator Academy at Yuba College where he was

number one in his class earning both the academic achievement award and the

marksmanship award. He holds many SFM certifications in fire suppression, fire

prevention, rescue, incident command system, hazardous materials incident

command, first responder  operations (FRO) and decontamination (DECON).

Corey is a third generation Fire Chief. His father Wayne Smith was also Fire

Chief of  the GVFD, and his grandfather “Smokey”  Smith was Fire Chief of the

Gold Flat Fire  Dist. in Nevada City, now part of Nevada County Consolidated

Fire Dist. Corey holds  a degree in Fire Science as well as an intermediate

certificate from the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST).

Corey Smith- Deputy Director and Intructor