The Kenwood Press
: 01/15/2013

Firehouse Focus
By Bill Shubin, Kenwood Fire Chief
On behalf of the Kenwood Fire Protect

Kenwood Fire Chief Daren Bellach

On behalf of the Kenwood Fire Protection District and the Kenwood Firefighters’ Association, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

2012 was an eventful year for the Kenwood Fire Protection District with EMS, firefighting, hazardous material and swift water rescue drills, 5th Annual Crab Feed, Easter Egg Hunt, Fire Explorers’ Father’s Day pancake breakfast, Fourth of July parade and Santa Claus meet and greet.

2012 also marked milestones for several firefighters who volunteer with the fire district. They were recognized with plaques at our annual holiday dinner for their dedication and years of service providing public safety to the residents of the Kenwood Fire Protection District.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Geib 35 years

Captain Jim Bragg 30 years

Captain Ben Gulson 25 years

Captain Tony Ghisla 20 years

Captain Toby Halkovich 15 years

Engineer Gary Uboldi 15 years

Engineer Matt Clawson 15 years

Firefighter Kevin Cooper 15 years

Firefighter Zack Miller 15 years

Congratulations and thank you to each volunteer. Your commitment to the community and the fire district is much admired and appreciated.

Controlled Burns

As a reminder to everyone, the controlled burn ban has been lifted throughout Sonoma County.

Residents seeking burn permits are to follow the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s (BAAQMD) guidelines and regulations for the air quality district where Kenwood resides. Kenwood Fire Protection District no longer issues burn permits.

Notification of any controlled burns must be given to the BAAQMD and Redwood Empire Dispatch Communications Authority (REDCOM) prior to any burning. REDCOM is the Joint Powers Authority between fire and emergency medical service (EMS) providers for emergent and non-emergent dispatch services in Sonoma County.

Permit forms can be found online at or at the Kenwood Fire District’s office located at 9045 Sonoma Hwy.

Prior to performing your controlled burn:

• Have a burn permit on file with BAAQMD.

• Make sure it’s a permissible burn day by calling 1-800-792-0787 or 415-749-4600.

• Before burning, notify REDCOM fire and EMS dispatch center at 565-1700.

• Stay within the controlled burn regulation to avoid legal penalties.

For more information, contact Captain Daren Bellach at 833-2042 or

Make it your 2013 New Year’s resolution to volunteer with the Kenwood Fire Protection District!

The Kenwood Fire Protection District is accepting applications for new volunteer firefighters. It’s a rewarding and fulfilling way to give back to our community, be a part of a great group of people and get a little exercise!

Please contact us at 833-2042, email me directly at, or stop by the fire station Monday-Friday during business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants must live or work in Kenwood. Previous firefighting experience is not necessary.