Justin McGough

Deputy Chief
Corona Fire Department, CA
Justin McGough currently serves as the Deputy Fire Chief for the Corona Fire Department. Before coming to Corona, Chief McGough served as a Battalion Chief/Air Tactical Group Supervisor for the CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, overseeing the Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base. In his 34 years of experience in the Fire Service, he has experience in Fire Suppression, Fire Investigation, Air Operations, Emergency Medical Response, and Fire Training. Chief McGough has taught at numerous nationwide training events for the Riverside County Training Officers Association, Riverside Community College Fire Academy, CAL FIRE Academy, and Fire Training Resources and Firehouse Magazine. Chief McGough has spent 13 years assigned to CAL FIRE’s Incident Management Teams as an Operations Section Chief and an Incident Commander trainee. Some of his Incident Management Team experiences include four of the top 10 most significant and most destructive wildfires in California’s history, the H1N1 Flu pandemic, and the Oroville Dam Spillway Incident. In the final year of his bachelor’s degree program at Columbia Southern University, Chief McGough has an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science from the same institution. Justin has been married for 19 years to his wife, Gina, who recently retired after a 25-year career in Emergency Management to raise their one-year-old daughter Savanah.

Sessions by Justin McGough

03:15 PM - 05:00 PM

Wildland Air Operations 101 

Instructor:  Justin McGough, Deputy Fire Chief, Corona Fire Department, CA
This presentation will cover the proper ordering, utilization, and pitfalls of aircraft use on wildland fires.  Upon completing this presentation, the attendee will have a working knowledge of the different firefighting aircraft types, their benefits, communications, and proper aircraft utilization to mitigate your wildland fire and structure threats.  Also  the improper utilization or “easy button” use of aircraft will be discussed.