Russ Johnson

Director—Public Safety and Homeland/National Security

Mr. Johnson has served as the public safety and homeland/national security director for Esri since 1997. His responsibilities include coordinating Esri's public safety industry marketing activities in the areas of homeland/national security, fire, emergency medical services, and disaster management.

Professional Experience

  • From 1996 to 1997, Mr. Johnson was chief of Fire and Emergency Operations for the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • From 1985 through 1997, Mr. Johnson was assigned to Federal Interagency Type I National Incident Management ICS teams in a variety of positions including safety officer, operations chief, and incident commander responding to complex federal disasters throughout the United States and other countries.
  • From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Johnson was a deputy chief of Emergency Operations for the San Bernardino National Forest.
  • Prior to 1990, Mr. Johnson held numerous positions including division chief, battalion chief, captain, smoke jumper, and various other fire positions in aviation and suppression.


  • Graduate certificate in GIS for environmental management—University of Redlands, California
  • Bachelor's degree in public administration—University of Redlands, California
  • Associate of arts degree in fire—San Bernardino Jr. College, San Bernardino, California

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • National Emergency Managers Association
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • FIRESCOPE Task Force advisor
  • Advisory board member for the Fire Education Television Network
  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group
Russ Johnson

Russ Johnson
E-mail • 909-793-2853, ext. 1836

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