Meet The Chief

A Life Dedicated to Leadership

Chief Matt Epstein began his Public Safety Career in 1997. He first served as a Police Officer in the bay area, and then began volunteering as a firefighter in 2006.

Matt initially became involved with the Dry Creek Rancheria Fire Department as an instructor at their first academy when the department was formed. In 2012, Matt became the Dry Creek Rancheria Division Chief and served here until he was promoted to Fire Chief at another agency in 2013. In 2017, Dry Creek Rancheria called Matt back to duty as their Fire Chief. Clearly, Matt has worn many hats in Public Safety: Prevention Officer, Fire Captain, and Assistant Chief are among his many titles in fire service.

Matt is a member of the Emergency Volunteers Project—an organization in cooperation with the State of Israel that sends American Firefighters to Israel to assist in major events or emergencies. Matt has been deployed twice to Israel for Fire/Rescue assignments.

In addition to various other community organizations, Matt is active in the NFPA 1720 (Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations, and Special Operations to the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments). He has served on the Board of Directors for the California State Firefighters Association and is currently the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the California State Firefighters Association. 

Matt lives in Sonoma County with his wife and three children.