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).