Meet Our Full-time Personnel
Fire Chief Tom Peterson
Fire Chief Tom Peterson was born and raised in Torrance, CA and moved to Templeton in 1987 for a career in law enforcement. In 1990, he joined the Templeton Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. Starting as a volunteer in Templeton changed his career path causing him to pursue a career in the fire service. Chief Peterson has worked for several departments as various ranks throughout San Luis Obispo County such as, Diablo Canyon Fire Department, San Miguel Fire, South Bay Fire, and Cambria Fire. He worked through the ranks with Atascadero Fire & Emergency Services for 16 years leaving as a Batallion Chief to serve the community of Templeton as our full-time Fire Chief in early 2020.
Chief Peterson has lived in Templeton for the past 34 years with his wife, raising two children and now one grandchild. He loves water sports of any kind such as, water skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing. He also enjoys skiing and snowboarding in the winter. Whether it is a simple woodworking project or remodeling, Chief Peterson loves to build.
Chief Peterson’s best advice for future firefighters is to have pure motivation. That motivation should be to become a public servant and serve the community you work for. Also, Chief’s advice is, “If you always put your family first and foremost, then you will still have your family after you retire from your career.”
Fire Captain / Training Officer Brandon Wall
Fire Captain Brandon Wall was born and raised in Chino, CA. After 12+ years of playing baseball, Brandon attended Allan Hancock College and Columbia Southern University. He started his fire service career as a Paid-Call Firefighter with CAL FIRE SLU Station 21 out of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. He then moved on to the position of a Seasonal Firefighter for CAL FIRE in the San Luis Obispo Unit. Brandon was also a Reserve Firefighter for Atascadero City Fire Department. While working as a Paid-Call Firefighter, he worked full-time as an equipment operator and Senior Roadworker for Monterey County Public Works. In 2008, Brandon started as a Volunteer Firefighter for Templeton Fire and was hired full-time as the Training Coordinator in 2011. Captain Wall has been an essential part of Templeton Fire & Emergency Services as the department transitioned to 24/7 staffing and now holds the title of Fire Captain and Training Officer.
When Brandon is off-duty, he enjoys trap shooting, hunting, and watching his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. He currently resides in Templeton with his wife of 21 years, JoAnn. They have two children, JoEllen and Aiden, two dogs, and a diabetic cat. Captain Wall is dedicated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Firefighter Stairclimb and is currently a California Ambassador and Team Captain for the Templeton Fire Stairclimb Team.
Captain Wall's best advice for future firefighters is to always work hard and gain experience along with your education. He believes in having a strong support group to help you through the process.
Fire Captain Phillip Goldbloom
Fire Captain Phillip Goldbloom was born and raised in Southern California and then moved to Grover Beach in 1986. He began his fire service career with Oceano Fire Department in 2002 as a Volunteer Firefighter and worked his way up to the rank of Engineer. In 2006, he moved to Northern SLO County and worked as a Paid-Call Firefighter ranking up to Company Officer for CAL FIRE/SLO County Fire. Phill was hired by Templeton Fire & Emergency Services in 2014 and worked his way up to the rank of part-time Fire Captain. In 2016, he was hired full-time by Camp Roberts Fire Department and worked there until he was hired as the second full-time Fire Captain for Templeton Fire & Emergency Services in March 2020. Captain Goldbloom is a CA State Certified Fire Officer, Haz-Mat Decon Instructor, and a Mobile Communications Technician.
Phillip currently lives in Paso Robles with his wife Melissa and seven-year old step-daughter Gwyn. He enjoys spending time with his family, going camping, hiking and playing golf.
Fire Captain Phillip Goldbloom’s best advice for future firefighters is to never forget where you came from. Regardless of rank, always stay humble and continue to learn everyday.
Fire Captain Greg McGill
Fire Captain Greg McGill was born and raised here in Templeton when the district consisted of all volunteers and had a population of 3,000. Like his father. he began pursuing a career path in law enforcement. However, his father encouraged him to look into firefighting. Greg decided to take an EMT class and it was requirement to do a ride along with a local fire department. He rode along with Atascadero Fire Department and realized that the fire service was a better fit for him. Greg moved away at 18 to Bakersfield to play college football and enrolled himself in a Firefighter 1 Academy. In 2007, he was hired as a seasonal firefighter on a 20-person helitac crew for Kern County Fire Department. In 2010, he was hired as a full-time firefighter for Kern County Fire Department until he was hired as the third full-time Fire Captain for Templeton Fire & Emergency Services in October 2020.
Also known as “Uncle Greg,” he currently lives in Templeton and enjoys his time with his three nieces and one nephew. In his free time, he loves to travel, spend time with his family and friends, and do anything outdoors such as fishing, hiking, camping, and skiing.
Fire Captain McGill’s best advice for future firefighters is to always work hard. Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed and it will help build a good reputation that will eventually help you get a career in the fire service.
Fire Engineer Kyle Root
Fire Engineer Kyle Root was born in Templeton at Twin Cities Community Hospital. He grew up in Northern San Luis Obispo County in Paso Robles. Kyle was a certified diesel mechanic for Paso Robles Waste Disposal for over 15 years. In 2010, he started with San Miguel Fire Department and was hired as a full-time Firefighter for Camp Roberts Fire Department in 2016. In November 2020, Kyle was hired as our full-time Fire Engineer as part of the funds acquired from the passing of Measure A in 2019.
Kyle currently lives in Templeton with his wife Kerri, and two children, Russell and Rylee. In his free time, he enjoys camping and dirt bike riding with his friends and family.
Fire Engineer Root's best advice for future firefighters is to never give up in pursing your career.