Scotts Valley, California, September 30, 2014 – The Scotts Valley Fire Protection District (SVFPD) Board of Directors honored Captain Butch Theilen with a proclamation recognizing his thirty years of service, at their board meeting today. Captain Theilen began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter on September 1, 1984.

He became a paid firefighter on January 5, 1987, and was promoted to Driver/Operator in 1991 and Captain in 2002.

He currently supervises one of the three crews assigned to the Erba Station and serves on the Santa Cruz Hazardous Materials Incident Team (SCHMIT). He joins other current fire district employees with thirty years of service: Battalion Chiefs Jim Delucchi and Ron Whittle and Captains Pete Stelling and John Crivello.

SVFPD provides year round fire protection services, including paramedic services, to twenty-two and one-half square mile area from the Santa Cruz city limits to Laurel Curve from Henry Cowell State Park to Glen Canyon/Vine Hill Roads and includes all of the City of Scotts Valley. The population of the District is approximately eighteen thousand six hundred, including about eleven thousand within the city limits. SVFPD is governed by an elected board of five citizens and responded to 1,716 calls for service in 2013, from its two fire stations.