New Fire Chief Settles In

Chief Mike Blood has logged 10 days in the city’s top job in the fire department. His assessment to this point?

“So far, so good.”

The 22-year veteran of the Coronado Fire Department took over as chief when John Traylor retired July 1. Blood, 49, moved up from one of the city’s three division chief positions.

The Allied Gardens native started his career in the U.S. Forest Service. After a year-long assignment in the Cleveland National Forest, he moved on to the Solana Beach department, where he spent another year before settling in Coronado.

Though many little boys dream of becoming firefighters, the Mount Helix resident said he “didn’t really have that as a goal.” Instead, he followed his father into the shipbuilding business at NASSCO, one of the region’s major employers.

Blood spent five years there, before his late father, a supervisor, took on the task of offering him harsh news: NASSCO was laying him off.

“Not too nice of a family-type event,” Blood said, laughing. But he quickly righted himself, enrolled in classes to become a firefighter and by 1987, secured the forest service job.

Traylor, who completed his second stint as Coronado’s fire chief when he retired, left an agency that Blood describes as “a very good department.”

“I do look at him as a mentor,” Blood said.

He said, though, that he would like to work on succession planning within the department, and will be involved in regional planning, including the possible merger of two of the region’s three major dispatches.

After serving as division chief for four years, Blood began to sense he could run a department. He’s glad the opportunity arose in Coronado.

“Ideally for me, it would be here in this city,” he said. “It’s a city I’ve grown to love.”


  • Ernesto

    Why do some people think that the Obama eligibility issue cannot be settled so they want to move on?
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    Last year in Singapore the Prime minister was removed by their highest court for fraud and a few weeks ago Honduras constitutionally removed their President for repeated violations to their Constitution (Zelaya tried to change the Vice President and then fired the Chief of the military and finally tried to have a referendum to extend his 4 year term all unconstitutionally) so why can’t we have no one above the law here in the USA?
    our government is NOT smart enough and you are naive to think they are
    There is some hope because there are 6 members of Congress from the House of Represenatives that are involved in arelated lawsuit. The courts keep saying a person has nostanding but it will be hard to ignore some members of Congress.

  • Yishka Bedishka

    Why can’t Obama start taking responsibility for his mistakes instead of blaming Bush?
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  • Jackey

    Why can’t you realize that there is no eligibility issue with Barrack Obama. Why are you so surprised to see a guy who’s not white born in th e United States. Don’t you think our government is smart enough to tell whether it’s own documents are real or not?
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  • Tracey Seth

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  • mikeyt

    I did not vote for him but the one thing people cannot say about Obama is he is stupid.
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  • Brandon

    All we ask is to see the Birth Certificate. The Supreme Court didn’t even hear the case presented to them on this issue.
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  • Twister

    No one should be allowed to be president of our nation, if they can not produce some type of citizenship papers that the public can view and/or trace.
    We ask this of immigrants, we ask this of school children, teenage drivers. Everyone in the US has to have this proof sometime in their lives….so why not BO?
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