Lou Paulson - President, California Professional Firefighters

Lou Paulson is President of California Professional Firefighters, California’s largest and most recognized firefighter organization representing more than 30,000 front line first responders statewide.

Lou’s leadership in the fire service is formed by a career of nearly three decades, most of which was spent as a front line firefighter with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, where he served as a fire captain and president of Contra Costa County Firefighters Local 1230.

As CPF president, Lou helped lead the effort to implement key findings of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Fire Commission. These efforts resulted in implementation of dozens of improvements to the state’s wildland fire and mutual aid response. Lou is the co-chair of the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFFJAC) -- a national model for public safety apprenticeship training – and he also presides over the California Fire Foundation -- a non-profit foundation that built and maintains the California Firefighters Memorial in Sacramento’s Capitol Park.

Lou has received numerous commendations for his service to the labor and fire service communities, including citations from the University of California Labor Center and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.