Chief Pimlott began his fire service career in 1984 as a reserve fire fighter. He joined CAL FIRE in 1987 as a seasonal fire fighter, and worked his way through the ranks to Director, a position he held from 2010 until his retirement in 2018. He has a BS in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University and is a Registered Professional Forester in California. Under his leadership, CAL FIRE and the State of California battled historic wildfires and an unprecedented bark beetle epidemic while increasing the pace and scale of forest management and fire prevention. Chief Pimlott participated in numerous committees at the State and national level and testified before Congress on multiple occasions in support of legislation related to forest management and fire protection.