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Fire chief steps down
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Chris Haas is retiring as Manteca’s fire chief at the end of the month.

City Manager Steve Pinkerton confirmed Tuesday that Haas was stepping down.

Pinkerton said an interim fire chief would be named shortly.

Haas, 54, took over as interim fire chief on Dec. 28, 2007 when his predecessor George Quaresma retired. The City Council agreed with Pinkerton’s recommendation last summer to make Haas the city’s eighth permanent fire chief.

Haas has 30 years of service with the Manteca Fire Department. He started on Jan. 2, 1978 as a firefighter-engineer. Three years later, Haas was promoted to fire captain. In 1986 he became the battalion chief. He has spent his entire career with the Manteca Fire Department and resides in Manteca.

Dutch, Haas’ grandfather, was a volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania while his father, Harold, was a firefighter in California for over 30 years.

His son, Nick, and stepson, Keith Conner, are maintaining the tradition.

Nick is a firefighter for the Manteca Fire Department while Keith is a firefighter for the Lathrop  Manteca Fire Protection District.
“I got into the fire service because I wanted to give back to people,” Haas said in an interview last year.