Keith has been a long time member of Fire Station 01. He has spent time on Rescue Squad 1, Engine 1, and finally on Truck 1.
He has been on the Board of Directors of San Francisco Firefighters Local 798. He presently is an active member of the San Francisco Firefighers Cancer Foundation. He has served at different positions from Director to Vice President throughout his career on the Asian Firefighters Association and finally as the present President.
Vice President: Chuteh Kotake, Truck 9
Chuey is an active member of the Japanese Community in San Francisco. He has been a member of Truck 9 for most of his career. He has served on the Executive Board in various roles for most of his career in the San Francisco Fire Department.
Secretary: Clarence Hom, Truck 02
Treasurer: Stan Lee, Rescue Squad 2
Stan was raised in San Francisco and has been active in the Chinese Community at an early age. He worked most of his career at Rescue Squad 2 at Station 7. He is an Acting Lieutenant for the ESER Bond Project but is presently on modified duty at the Division of Training.
Stan has been the Secretary and a Director for the Asian Firefighters Association, the Editor of the San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 newsletter "The Main Line" and a Director at Local 798. He has served as President, Vice-President and Advisor to the San Francisco Lee Family Youth Group. He is also a small business owner with his wife in the Financial District of San Francisco.
Matt Gee, Truck 02
Matt was born and raised in San Francisco in the Excelsior District. He graduated from Washington. He currently works at Truck 2 at Station 2 in Chinatown.
His goal is to preserve the culture and traditions of his community while also sharing it with other members of the Fire Department. He also hopes to engage, bring awareness, and share resources to our communities about the services available in the City.
Milan M. Majer, Engine 38
Milan Majer is currently assigned to Station 38 in the Pacific Heights District. He is a proud San Francisco native, born and raised in the City. His mother was born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown District and his father immigrated from Prague, Czechoslovakia, which is now called Czechia. Since he is half Chinese and Czech, people like to call him a Chinese Checker (get it ) One thing he loves most about being a firefighter is being able to embrace his multicultural roots while serving the extended population in the community. During the years i have been a firefighter, He has been able to bridge the challenging language barriers while developing relationships with the people of the community. He has found that people feel a better sense of stability during crisis situations when they learn he is able to communicate with them in Cantonese.
As a board member of the Asian Fire Fighters Association, he will continue connecting the Fire Department and the Asian community together by integrating the two during special events and community service opportunities in Chinatown and Japantown. His goal is to continue strengthening the Asian representation in the Fire Department and would love to support anyone who is interested in learning more about the Asian culture and/or the Fire Department.
Doug Mei, Engine 02
Doug is a Firefighter/Paramedic serving on Engine 02 in the Chinatown District. He began his activism in Chinatown at an early age and presently is very active in the community and in the Fire Department.
Eric Shingo Tanaka, Engine 25
Eric was born and raised in San Francisco and is a proud member of the San Francisco Fire Department’s 123rd Recruit Class.
Eric has always prioritized family and community as they have both significantly contributed to his success and the person that he has become. Through his experiences he has adopted core values such as integrity, accountability, compassion, teamwork, and leadership. Each of these important values have inspired him to live an altruistic life and to dedicate his life to community service by contributing back to the communities that have shaped him.
He enjoys volunteering and serving in leadership roles for various community organizations. He has served as the head of logistics for the Nihonmachi Street fair held in Japantown for the last 20 years. He has also enjoyed coaching youth basketball (ages Pre-K through high school) with the San Francisco Associates for over 15 years. Other community organizations that he regularly volunteers with include the Kimochi Senior Home, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival, the Japantown Task Force, the Japantown Community Benefit District and the Japantown for Justice Fillmore Marketplace. He has also offered support to the San Francisco Fire Department’s Toy Program prepping and collection toy barrels for the holiday season. Additionally, he served as a San Francisco Fire Reservist supporting the fire department and the needs of the community.
Eric obtained his Associates Degree in Math and Science from the City College of San Francisco then obtained his Bachelor's degree in Business Management. Prior to his career in the fire service, Eric spent 15 years with California Pacific Medical Center holding roles in management, outreach and outpatient services supporting the organization’s mission in supporting the community.
Eric feels blessed to be the father to an amazing and beautiful 10-year-old girl, Kira Chie (KC) Tanaka. She is a shining light in his life, his best friend, his hero and he is proud of the strong relationship he has built with her. She often accompanies him to various community events in effort to teach her the importance of community service. He hopes that being a part of the community will inspire her to also live an altruistic lifestyle, help others, focus on her education, and to uphold herself with integrity.
As a member of the Asian Firefighter Association, Eric wishes to use his experience and knowledge to not only support San Francisco's Asian community, but all communities in need. He would also like to focus on mentoring youth of all ages by sharing his experience to help inspire them to set goals and search for careers that they could be proud of. He hopes that through his efforts he can perpetuate a culture of continued community service an investment for the next generation and future generations.
Vincent Young, Truck 13
Vincent was born and raised in the Sunset District of San Francisco as a first generation Chinese-American. He graduated from Lincoln High and UC Davis. In 2017, he graduated as a member of the 122nd Recruit Class. He currently is a member of Truck 13, where he has been since January 2021.
As an Asian Firefighter Association Directors, his main goal is to make a difference in the Asian community, whether it be through calls or maintaining a strong presence at local events. He believes it is important that we recognize and celebrate all the different Asian cultures within the department as well as the City.