Alameda County Fire Department Chief David Rocha has been appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the state Board of Fire Services, an advisory board to the state fire marshal.
Rocha, the Alameda County department chief since 2014, was named to a four-year term designated for a chief of one of the 16 largest fire departments in the state. The appointment was made Friday.
Among the board’s functions is to provide a forum for addressing fire protection and prevention issues of statewide concern; to develop technical and performance standards for training of fire service personnel; to advise the State Fire Marshal on dissemination of regulations; and to sit as an appeals board on the application of state fire marshal regulations.
The board is made up of representatives of fire service labor associations, fire chiefs, fire districts, volunteer firefighters, city and county government, Office of Emergency Services and the insurance industry. It is chaired by the state fire marshal; Mike Richwine is the acting state marshal.