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Governor's Blue Ribbon Fire Commission

CalChiefs representative is the current president of the Association.

Established November 2, 2003, by both Governor Davis and Governor Schwarzenegger, the Blue Ribbon Commission will review the effort to fight the State’s 2003 wildfires and provide recommendations to prevent destruction from future fires to policy makers within 120 days.  The Commission was task with:

Reducing and eliminating jurisdictional and operational barriers that prevent the expeditious response of military resources necessary to combat wild fires;

Readiness training of personnel and military equipment approved for use within the California incident command system;

Development of an interstate and/or regional master mutual aid system similar to California’s;

Updating local building and planning regulations to include more stringent construction standards for high fire threat zones, requirements for brush clearance and fuel modification, and land use planning techniques that protect property;


Former State Senator William “Bill” Campbell will chair the Commission, comprised of the following representation:

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors – Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Supervisor
Riverside County Board of Supervisors – John Tavaglione, Chair
San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors – Dennis Hansberger, Chair
San Diego County Board of Supervisors – Greg Cox, Chair
Ventura County Board of Supervisors – Judy Mikels, Chair, Ventura County Fire Department – Bob Roper, Chief
San Bernardino City – Judith Valles, Mayor
San Diego City – Dick Murphy, Mayor
San Diego Fire and Life Safety Services – Jeff Bowman, Chief

California Senate – Deirdre Alpert, Senator
California Senate – Jim Brulte, Senator
California Senate, Dennis Hollingsworth, Senator
California Senate – Nell Soto, Senator
California Assembly – Robert Dutton, Assemblyman
California Assembly – Christine Kehoe, Assemblywoman
California Assembly, Jay LaSuer, Assemblyman
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – Andrea Tuttle, Director
California Emergency Council – Chip Prather, Chief
California Office of Homeland Security – Rick Martinez, Acting Director
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services – Kim Zagaris, Fire Chief
Office of American Indian Affairs – Marilyn Delgado, Director
Office of State Fire Marshal’s Office – Ron Coleman, Marshal (ret.)
FIRESCOPE – P. Michael Freeman, Chief

U.S. Senate – Dianne Feinstein, Senator
U.S. Congress – Susan Davis, Congresswoman
U.S. Congress – Jerry Lewis, Congressman
U.S. Department of Defense – Peter Verga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
U.S. Forest Service – Jerry Williams, Director
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management
Agency – David Fukutomi, Federal Coordinating Officer
U.S. Department of Land Management – Larry Hamilton, Director

California Fire Chiefs Association – William McCammon, President
California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association – William Bamattre, Chair
California Professional Firefighters Association – Bob Wolf, 6th District Vice President
California State Firefighters Association – Jeff Sedivic, President