If you have an emergency
Contra Costa County
Fire Protection District
4005 Port Chicago Highway,
Concord, CA 94520-1180
Phone: (925) 941-3300
Terence Carey started in the newly created Assistant Fire Chief of EMS 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.
EMS Chief Richard Stephenson has 27 years of Fire and EMS experience with the last 19 years serving as a proud member of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Over the course of his career, Chief Stephenson has obtained valuable knowledge and experience practicing as a State Licensed Paramedic in many of northern California’s busiest and most challenging EMS systems, including the counties of Sacramento, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Francisco. Chief Stephenson has also trained and mentored paramedic students who went on to become State Licensed Paramedics.
Chief Stephenson possesses an Associate of Science degree in the Social and Behavioral Sciences from Sierra College, and has also studied Economics at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga. He is a California State Certified Chief Officer as well as a California State Certified Company Officer.
After successfully completing the Fire Academy for Contra Costa County Fire, Chief Stephenson has held the ranks of Firefighter-Paramedic, Engineer-Paramedic, Fire Captain, and his current rank as EMS Battalion Chief. Chief Stephenson is also committed to supporting Fire District personnel and all first responders by serving on the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM).
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.