Alameda Fire Chief Appointed to State Board

Alameda County Fire Chief David Rocha has become the newest member of the State Board of Fire Services. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed Rocha Friday for a term of four years.

Rocha has headed Alameda’s fire department — one of the largest in the state — for the past five years. He had served as deputy fire chief for the previous eight years and has been with the department since 1995.

The State Board of Fire Services is an advisory board to the California State Fire Marshal consisting of 17 members. According to the website, it “provides a forum for addressing fire protection and prevention issues of statewide concern; develops technical and performance standards for training of fire service personnel; accredits curriculum; establishes policy for the certification system for the California Fire Service; advises the State Fire Marshal on dissemination of regulations; and sits as an appeals board on the application of California State Fire Marshal regulations.”