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Newsfront - August 1, 2008

New fire chief hails from Danville

Richard Price will replace Craig Bowen to lead district

Danville resident Richard price has been appointed the new fire chief of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. Price, 46, has been the district's operations chief since he joined the district in 2006.

"I am very proud to serve as the fire chief in my hometown and to be at the helm of an agency that provides so much public value," said Price. "The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is one of the premier fire organizations in the country."

Price and his wife Lisa have lived in Danville for 18 years, and their 5-year-old daughter attends Tassajara Hills Elementary School.

Prior to joining the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District, Price served San Mateo County as a battalion chief for 18 years. He holds a master's degree in public administration from Cal State Hayward and is a recent graduate of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program. He is a certified Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and is currently attending the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Maryland.

"We have greatly appreciated the commitment Chief Price has made to this district and to our personnel," said John Keel, president of the San Ramon Valley Firefighters Association. "We are in full support of his appointment and sincerely look forward to working with him to provide the highest level of service possible."

Price is also president of the Contra Costa County Fire Chiefs Association and is an incident commander for the East Bay Incident Management Team. He is a board member for Leadership San Ramon Valley and a lifetime member of the One Hundred Club of Contra Costa County.

Price will replace Fire Chief Craig Bowen, who is retiring after six years as Fire Chief and over 30 years in the fire service. The transition will occur later this year.

"Chief Price has done an outstanding job leading our Operations Division and has been a perfect fit with our organization," said Bowen. "He has broad support from the entire agency and is exceptionally well qualified to lead the Fire District."

The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District service area encompasses approximately 155 square miles, covering the communities of Alamo, Blackhawk, the Town of Danville, Diablo, San Ramon, the southern boundary of Morgan Territory and the Tassajara Valley, all located in Contra Costa County. The district has 170 full-time employees and 43 volunteers.


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Posted by Sallie
a resident of Danville
on Aug 1, 2008 at 7:39 am

Good Story, where's the photo?

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Posted by Richard Stratton
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 1, 2008 at 8:15 am

Do you have a photo of the new chief??

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Posted by Dolores, editor
a resident of Danville
on Aug 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

The photo is shown on the PDF (click on Section 1 next to today's issue cover) and now the story is on our homepage also.