by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Purpose & Passion

faces_rainville1As captain of the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, Greg Rainville serves the community on a daily basis. Away from the fire house, this Carlsbad resident is a husband, father, and for a little fun, motocross racer.

Growing up in Orange, CA Greg appreciated the many outdoor activities that filled his childhood – skiing, team sports, and dirt biking. As a young man, he attended college in Fullerton and San Diego before finding his calling. “I discovered the fire service and I was all in,” Greg said. He then attended the Palomar Fire Academy and Palomar College, moving on to earn his B.A. in Public Administration from San Diego State. He settled in Carlsbad with his wife, Monica, and raised his two children, Amanda and Tommy. Throughout college, family, and career, Greg has sustained his lifelong passion for riding and racing motocross. “I ride and race all over Southern California and when I’m not actually riding, I’m often getting ready for the next opportunity,” he explained.


Name: Greg Rainville
Community: The Cape at Calavera Hills
Hobbies: Motocross without a doubt
Favorite Spots in Carlsbad: Jay’s Gourmet and Carlsbad’s beaches


faces_rainville3Today Greg is in his 25th year of service for the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, the last 12 of those years as captain. “The reason I became a firefighter was to serve the community in a time of need, and that continues to be my objective when I arrive at the fire station every day,” Greg acknowledged. In his role as captain, he has the opportunity to lead and mentor while working in a team environment. “We have a lot of fun together, yet we also work hard to stay current on our training to best serve the needs of the public,” Greg said.

faces_rainville2In 2014 Greg utilized this training while off duty one evening at the San Diego Zoo. Greg and his wife noticed a group of people gathered around in the parking lot and found a person lying on the ground not breathing. Greg began hands-only CPR until paramedics arrived. The patient survived and Greg was later awarded the Phoenix Award, a public safety personnel award recognizing critical judgements and life-preserving actions. “More important than receiving the Phoenix award, though, is the opportunity for community education that a story like this can provide. If through this experience I can inspire community members to learn hands-only CPR or ‘sidewalk’ CPR, then more lives can be saved in the future,” Greg acknowledged.