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Nick Brandow named Rancho Santa Fe ‘Firefighter of the Year’

Nick Brandow receives the David B. Dewey Firefighter of the Year Award. L-R: Fire Chief Tony Michel, Engineer Nick Brandow, Leslie Brandow, and Fire District Board President James Ashcraft.
Nick Brandow receives the David B. Dewey Firefighter of the Year Award. L-R: Fire Chief Tony Michel, Engineer Nick Brandow, Leslie Brandow, and Fire District Board President James Ashcraft.

The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) recently named engineer Nick Brandow as the recipient of the 2013 David B. Dewey Firefighter of the Year Award. Brandow was announced as the recipient of the award at the annual RSFFPD Appreciation Dinner for his “dedication, sense of duty, leadership, commitment to the Fire District, and customer service.”

“It is a true honor to be recognized by your peers,” says Fire Chief Tony Michel. “Nick Brandow is an outstanding firefighter and we are privileged to have him as a member of this district.”

Brandow was hired by the RSFFPD in May of 2004. In January 2011 he was promoted to engineer. Brandow has served on the Emergency Medical Services Committee, assisted with employee testing, and helped redesign the ventilation prop used for training. He is currently a member of the Executive Board for the RSF Firefighters Association, where he has been a key player in negotiating employment contacts and maintaining excellent employer-employee relations.

Brandow and his wife, Leslie, have been married for four years. They have two children: Miller, 2, and Paige, 9 months old.

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The mission of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District is “To protect life, property, and environment through prevention, preparedness, education and emergency response.” Formed in 1946, the Fire District now spans approximately 38 square miles and protects over 29,000 citizens. The Fire District currently operates out of four full-time fire stations and serves the communities within and surrounding Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, and 4S-Ranch.


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