Fire Chief Rob Elwell has been a resident of the Inland Empire the majority of his life. After graduating from Alta Loma High School, he attended both Chaffey College and Crafton Hills College taking Fire Science classes, along with EMT & paramedic courses. He worked as a paramedic for an ambulance company before being hired by the Ontario Fire Department in October 1985.
During his 30 years with the Ontario Fire Department, Chief Elwell has worked in a variety of assignments, which include: Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Engineer/Paramedic, Fire Captain/Paramedic, Department Training Officer, Battalion Chief, Background Investigator, and Public Information Officer. He recently helped develop the Department’s premier Active Shooter program and has assisted several other Southern California cities begin similar programs of their own.
Chief Elwell is a graduate of several State and Federal programs relating to the Fire Service, is a State Certified Fire Officer & State Certified Chief Officer, and has held a number of supervisory and command positions throughout his career. He also serves/served on a number of fire service committees (advisory boards) ranging from leadership, mentoring, succession planning, active shooter, wild land firefighting, and training.