Chris Lorange is a family man, above all else. With his wife and two children (along with their Great Dane puppies and two cats), there’s never a dull moment! Between the kids’ soccer, gymnastics, taekwondo and swimming lessons, along with his own hockey and softball games, Chris has made time for his number one passion… public safety.
Chris spent 8 years with Rincon Valley Fire District as a sleeper firefighter, serving as the fourth firefighter on the engine and responding to emergency calls. In addition, he worked 4 years with Skywalker Ranch Fire as a full time firefighter/engineer responding to emergencies in Lucas Valley and surrounding Marin County areas. He has served on strike teams including the fire storms of 2012, assisting on the Rush Fire in Lassen County, CA which, at the time, was the largest fire in CA history.
While studying at UC Davis, Chris graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and minor in Communications. He also holds his Associate of Science in Fire Technology and Associate of Arts in General Education.
Currently, Chris works for the Santa Rosa Junior College – helping set up over 77 Academy classes a year in Corrections, Probation, Dispatch, Fire, Police, Ranger, EMS and In-Service. Additionally, he is a state certified fire skills evaluator and certified Fire Instructor I. When needed, Chris EMTs community events such as horse shows and marathons in the bay area, providing EMS skills to those in need.
At home, he helps his wife run their large family daycare, Little Oranges Family Daycare. This family business is what initially prompted him to become a First Aid/CPR/AED instructor. He has used his passion for these lifesaving skills for the last 5 years – teaching first responders, daycare providers, and the everyday citizen (lay responders) Red Cross certified classes. He loves spreading this valuable knowledge because he knows it saves lives. He has seen what his work can do first hand. He has had the humbling privilege of hearing his students’ stories about how their learned First Aid, CPR and AED skills have saved lives of loved ones in emergency situations.