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Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Administrative Office:
2010 Geary Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Phone: (925) 941-3300
E-mail: info@cccfpd.org


Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division

Emergency Medical Services Division Staff


Assistant Chief,
EMS & Training Division
Terence Carey


Terence Carey started in the newly created Assistant Chief of EMS and Training position in August 2016. Chief Carey possesses over 30 years of fire service experience.

Chief Carey holds a master’s degree in Emergency Administration from California State University at Long Beach, a bachelor of arts degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis as well as an associate of science degree in Fire Science from Modesto Junior College.  In addition, Chief Carey has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is a California state certified Chief Officer .

On January 1, 2016, the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (CCCFPD) embarked on a mission to provide the most responsive and effective ambulance delivery service available to the citizens of Contra Costa County through an “Alliance” with American Medical Response (AMR). CCCFPD is proud of its participation in the Alliance and committed to providing the best, most innovative emergency services possible to the citizens of our community. The EMS Division exists to serve the needs of the transport and non-transport EMS needs of our citizens and our employees. 

The Training Division strives to provide the most current training  for the members of CCCFPD.   The goal is to support the members of a busy fire department with training in all aspects of the fire service.


Battalion Chief, EMS Division
Rich Sonsteng

Chief Sonsteng has 28 years’ experience with Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.  He has been a practicing EMT since earning that certification from the Butte College Fire Academy in 1987. 

After Graduating from the Butte College, he attended St. Mary’s college of Moraga where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  He is currently working on his Masters Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

During his career in Contra Costa County he has worked his way up the ranks as a Firefighter, Training Officer, Suppression Captain, Shift Training Captain and Battalion Chief.  BC Sonsteng currently serves as an Incident Commander on the East Bay Type 3 Incident Management Team as well as a Safety Officer on a California Inter-agency Incident Management Team 1.  

Chief Sonsteng has extensive deployment experience throughout the United States in both wildland and all hazards incidents that range from Hurricane Irene in New York to large complex wildland fires in Alaska.  He is a State Certified Fire Service instructor and enjoys spending time in the classroom teaching both new and experienced firefighters of all ranks.  He loves to SCUBA dive and ride dirt bikes with his wife and two sons. 

CQI RN Clinical Educator
Greg Kennedy, CFRN

EMS Continuous Quality Improvement RN Greg Kennedy started in EMS in 1984 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. His eight-year military career was very successful and included many awards and commendations.

Greg completed his major in Human Resource Training and Development at the University of Southern Illinois. He became a licensed Medic and a licensed Vocational Nurse in 1985. He attended Sacramento State University on a nursing scholarship, graduated as a Registered Nurse at the top of his class and received Outstanding College Student of America Award in 1989 and 1990.

His career has included medical work in Oakland, Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa; John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek; Sutter Delta, Brentwood; and Benicia Fire, Benicia CA. He flew full-time and part-time with Cal Star and with REACH as a flight nurse for more than seven years.

Greg's credentials include: CEN, CCRN, TNCC, TNCC Instructor, PHTLS, PHTLS Instructor, BTLS, ATLS, FNATC, NALS, ACLS, ACLS Instructor, PALS, PALS Instructor, BLS, BLS Instructor, CISD, Leadership 2000 Certificate, EMTP Instructor, EMT Instructor, and Reserve Fire Fighter Instructor Moraga/Orinda.

He joined the Contra Costa Fire District in June 2006.

Medical Director
Dr. Peter Benson

Dr. Benson joins us with over 25 years of experience in EMS: as an EMT, Paramedic, Flight Physician and EMS Medical Director of several services.

He attended UC Berkeley for his premed studies, including an exchange year abroad in Gottingen, Germany, where he responded with the crew of a “Notarztwagen”, a physician-staffed ambulance. He then attended medical school in Boston, followed by a return to California where he completed a general practice internship.

He spent three years as a National Health Services Corps Scholar providing primary care, followed by residency in Emergency Medicine at the Los Angeles County/USC program in East Los Angeles.

After his Emergency Medicine training, he stayed on at USC as faculty to teach residents, as well as focus on Emergency Medical Services, also spending time riding with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. He was active in research, culminating with the publication of “Racial/ethnic differences in bystander CPR in Los Angeles, California” (Ethn Dis. 2009 Autumn;19(4):401-6)

Dr. Benson is board certified in Emergency Medicine, and recently achieved a second board certification in Emergency Medical Services, among only 18 physicians in California who have achieved this status. He is an actively practicing Emergency Physician at John Muir Walnut Creek where he enjoys teaching and interacting with EMS personnel both at the bedside, as well as out in the field at the scene of a call.