The Mount Shasta Fire Protection District accepted the resignation of Chief Chris Baker during its Jan. 9 regular meeting.

The Mount Shasta Fire Protection District accepted the resignation of Chief Chris Baker during its Jan. 9 regular meeting.

The chief for five years, Baker said Monday that he believes the District “is in very good hands with the current board and staff, and they’ll continue to thrive.” He said he has “new adventures ahead,” and those adventures require more energy than he could give them while still acting as fire chief.

Assistant Chief Rick Joyce will be assuming the duties of chief until the vacancy can be filled on a permanent basis, said Charles McDonald, who was elected chairman of the District board at last week’s meeting.

McDonald said Baker “improved the fire service of the District by obtaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for equipment. He also put the District on sound financial footing by purchasing two surplus fire engines from the State of California and renting them back with our crews to fight forest fires. Chris was also an excellent recruiter of volunteer fire fighters and an outstanding trainer.”

The board has “full confidence in (Joyce’s) ability to maintain the high standards of fire fighting and rescue set by (Baker),” McDonald said.

Board members Richard Kliewer, Evelyn Hoyt, Jack Miller and McDonald voted unanimously to accept Baker’s resignation during closed last week. Board member David Libby was absent.

Miller was selected to serve as vice-chairman.

The next regular board meeting of the MSFPD will be on Monday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m.