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Newsfront - May 23, 2008

Changing of guard at fire district

Fire chief and fire marshal both to retire in 2008

by Ross Smith

Fire Chief Craig Bowen will be retiring from the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District at the end of this year, the fire board learned at its meeting earlier this month. District Fire Marshal Rick Terry will also be retiring. The two veteran officers have more than 63 years of firefighting experience between them.

Bowen, 50, joined the Danville Fire Protection District in 1979 as a firefighter. He'd previously served for one year with the Pacifica Fire Department so will have completed 30 years of professional fire service when he retires.

Bowen will identify and interview candidates within the current staff to take his position. His recommendation will be made to the district board, and its final selection should be made by July so there will be a period of overlap with the new chief and Bowen.

Bowen and his wife of 28 years, Lynne, live in San Ramon. His plans include community and church volunteer affairs as well as spending time with his grandson.

Terry, 55, joined the district in 1986 as a fire inspector, following 12 years as a firefighter in Union City. He was appointed fire marshal in 1998. He will have completed 34 years of professional fire service when he departs in late 2008.

Terry and his wife live on a 42-foot boat in Stockton, and he anticipates moving to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State to pursue business opportunities. They will retain their floating residence in Stockton, which is near grandchildren and other family.

Recruiting for a deputy fire marshal will commence in the next few weeks. The position will be an open, competitive examination followed by interviews. An appointment is expected sometime in the summer or early fall.

The Fire Department is also considering hiring six firefighter/paramedics in 2008-2009. New recruits participate in an instructional fire academy and upon completion become probationary firefighters.


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