Translate this page
Robert Bassett has served the Murrieta community infire prevention and safety for 22 years. He recently retired on Dec. 13, 2012.
Robert Bassett has served the Murrieta community in fire prevention and safety for 22 years. He recently retired on Dec. 13, 2012.

Murrieta fire inspector retires after 22 years with notable memories of his career

Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Issue 52, Volume 16.
You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video.

MURRIETA ‚Äď Robert "Bob" Bassett officially retired from the Murrieta Fire Department (MFD) on Thursday, Dec. 13. He began his fire service career as reserve with the Murrieta Fire Protection District in 1990. Subsequently he became a firefighter in 1991.

Obtaining California State Fire Inspector I credentials, Bassett served the Murrieta community for 22 years, inspecting most all of the major construction projects, ensuring fire protection standards were met.

"I donít know if anyone will remember the movie ĎTowering Inferno,í but I helped to build the scaffolding for the movieís rescue chopper to land on. I also helped to build the set for ĎPlanet of the Apesí and for a few other movies. Years ago, I was also a construction superintendent in Boise, Idaho. When I moved to Murrieta and became a firefighter, it just seemed like the thing to do to take courses in fire alarm technology and fire inspecting," said Bassett.

The growth in the Murrieta community has been keeping Bassett busy for 20 years.

"Iíve been in most of the commercial buildings, looking at the type of building structure and the occupancy loads. What Iím really looking at is the prevention of fire. This is the foundation to the fire and building codes. Iím also looking at how a fire can be contained within the structure," Bassett said.

The biggest change in fire prevention that Bassett thinks is pivotal is the mandated sprinkler system installation in new, residential construction. Bassett has served as the president of the Riverside Fire Prevention Officers Association and Murrietaís Safety Committee. He earned an associateís degree in Fire Science and boasts numerous, academic and fire specialty certifications.

"Itís been an honor to work with the professional staff of the Murrieta Fire Department. Iím going to miss the camaraderie and the teamwork. Iím not going to miss getting up at six in the morning, though," Bassett said. "My wife, Jane, and I plan on spending a lot of time with our grandkids. Iím going to do a lot of fishing, too."



Comment Profile ImageStephanie Willette
Comment #1 | Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm
I'm sure that Mr. Bassett has done a great job to Murrieta. He has given a lot of significant contributions and has kept it safe in his presence. Although he has already retired, I am sure that he has endorsed someone qualified enough to take his place as the protector of the community from fires.

Article Comments are contributed by our readers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Valley News staff. The name listed as the author for comments cannot be verified; Comment authors are not guaranteed to be who they claim they are.


Add your Comment


Images, Formatting, or HTML is not allowed : plain text only. You may post up to 5 website addresses within your comment.


The Valley News has tightened its' policy regarding comments.
While we invite you to contribute your opinions and thoughts, we request that you refrain from using vulgar or obscene words and post only comments that directly pertain to the specific topic of the story or article.
Comments that are derogatory in nature have a high likelihood for editing or non-approval if they carry the possibility of being libelous.
The comment system is not intended as a forum for individuals or groups to air personal grievances against other individuals or groups.
Please, no advertising or trolling.
In posting a comment for consideration, users understand that their posts may be edited as necessary to meet system parameters, or the post may not be approved at all. By submitting a comment, you agree to all the rules and guidelines described here.
Most comments are approved or disregarded within one business day.

RSS FeedFacebookTwitter

Advertisement for Stellar Solar


Most Commented

Reach Local Customers

The Valley News The Valley News
760-723-7319 - 1588 S. Mission Rd. Suite 200, Fallbrook CA 92028
All contents copyright ©2015
About Us
Earthquake Information
Business Listings
Contact Us
Letter to the Editor
Report a website error
Online Digital Edition
RSS Feeds