Ken Kehmna, Ken Kehmna, a retired Fire Chief, poses in uniform against the front of a fire truck. He has a dark moustache and short greying hair. He is lean and fit.

ken Kehmna

Retired Fire Chief - Santa Clara County
Fire Technology & EMT

I began attending Mission College while still in high school and my dream was to become a firefighter. I distinctly remember my instructors supportively walking alongside me on my journey to attain an A.S. Degree in Fire Science. After graduation, I continued my education and earned a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership. My foundation of success came from my Mission College. The faculty, as well as my peers, felt like a community of support and much like a second family.


  • A.S. in Fire Technology
    • Mission College
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
    • St. Mary’s College in 1999
  • Master’s in Executive Fire Service Leadership
    • Grand Canyon University.

Select Positions Held

  • Fire Captain (2000-2004)
  • Training Captain (2004-2005)
  • Battalion Chief (2005-2007)
  • Fire Chief for the Santa Clara County Fire Department (2011-2018)