Chris Baker is a senior public safety advisor for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority), serving public safety stakeholders in the Northern California area. He also serves as a subject matter expert for fire and aviation.
Before joining the FirstNet Authority, Chris served 33 years as a first responder. He retired as a battalion chief and investigator with the Roseville Fire Department in California. His assignments there included operations, investigations, administration, technology, homeland security, and safety. He led various public safety technology projects and held operational and communications roles on large incidents and incident management teams. Chris also served as a per diem deputy sheriff and at one time had a full-time career in the fire service. Prior to his public safety career, Chris worked as an engineer in the wireless industry, constructing and operating cellular networks across the nation, training engineers, and developing wireless testing tools.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering and a Juris Doctor. He is a registered professional engineer and member of the State Bar in California. He also currently volunteers with the Civil Air Patrol as a pilot and as a firefighter and paramedic in Plumas County, California.