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Alameda County Fire Department
Friday October 17th, 2014 :: 08:10 p.m. PDT


Memorial Service Set for 10/23 to Honor Bill McCammon, EBRCSA Executive Director & First Fire Chief of the Alameda County Fire Department

Pleasanton—On Monday, October 13, 2014, retired Alameda County Fire Chief Bill McCammon, 61, died in his sleep. He was currently serving as the Executive Director of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA), which built and operates an interoperable communications system for 43 public agencies within Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Chief McCammon was also the current President of the Alameda County Fair Board of Directors and Treasurer of the National Fire Protection Association’s Board of Directors.

The community is invited to honor the life of Chief McCammon at a memorial service on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 11:00AM at the Alameda County Fairgrounds (4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566) in Building A (Young California Building). Although the service will begin at 11:00AM, guests are encouraged to arrive no later than 10:30AM.

As the first Fire Chief of the Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD), the department doubled in size under his leadership with the addition of contracts for service with the City of San Leandro, the City of Dublin, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chief McCammon implemented the hazardous materials response team, paramedic program, rescue company and water rescue program. He led the effort to form the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center which handles fire and ambulance dispatch throughout most of Alameda County.

The following involvement illustrates Chief McCammon’s commitment to addressing fire and emergency medical services issues on the local, state and national levels:

• Served as Immediate past President of the California Fire Chiefs Association served two years as President Elect and two years as President. During these terms Chief McCammon lead the California fire service through some difficult times including the selection of a new Fire and Building Code and the Southern California Fire Siege of 2003. As President, Chief McCammon testified before State Assembly Committees and the United States Congress on issues related to homeland security and the fire service.

• Appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the Emergency Response Training Advisory Committee, which oversaw policy development related to training issues facing first responders responding to weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.

• Appointed by the Governor’s Director of Homeland Security to serve on an Advisory Committee to develop policy for the distribution of Federal Terrorism funding.

• Selected by the Governor’s Director of the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to serve as a Board Member on FIRESCOPE, the Board advising OES on mutual aid and incident management issues.

• Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to a Blue Ribbon Fire Commission to study and make recommendations regarding the Fire Siege in Southern California in 2003.

• Served as Vice Chair of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association. The Association represents the largest fire departments in the United States, Canada and the world.

Chief McCammon was a Harvard University Fellow of the Executive Development Program for senior governmental officials; served five years as the President of RotaCare of the Bay Area, a non-profit organization which provides free medical care to the uninsured through nine clinics from San Rafael to Monterey; served as the Site Administrator for the San Leandro Rotacare Clinic since 1995; served as a member of the San Leandro Rotary Club and served on the Las Positas College Foundation Board of Directors.

An avid golfer, Chief McCammon leaves behind his wife, Rose Padilla-Johnson and three children (Monica, Daniel and Jessica), friends, and communities that loved him dearly; his legacy will live on through the numerous programs he gave so generously to.

A visitation will be held at Graham-Hitch Mortuary (4167 First Street, Pleasanton, CA 94566) on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 5:00PM-8:00PM and on Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 1:00PM-4:00PM, and is open to the public.

In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Chief McCammon may be sent to the Davis Street Family Resource Center at 3081 Teagarden, San Leandro, CA 94577. Donations may also be made online via, and will be used to support the Primary Care Medical Clinic.

Alameda County Fire Department
6363 Clark Ave
Dublin, CA 94568

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-833-3473

Aisha Knowles
Public Information Officer

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