David Goldemberg served as a Fire Fighter with CAL FIRE for over 35 Years. He began his career as a Seasonal Fire Fighter, and steadily advanced through the ranks to Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, and Deputy Chief.
His Fire Captain responsibilities included holding assignments operating fire engines (wildland and structural), managed fire crews, and as a Training Officer.
As a Field Battalion Chief for 5 Years, he managed 6 fire stations, and his battalion was the busiest one in the county. He was the Incident Commander (IC) on 175 residential structure fires, and 6 commercial structure fires. He was also the IC on over 200 wildland fires, numerous multi casualty and hazardous materials incidents, and 1 major flooding incident.
His next assignment was as a Staff Battalion Chief for 2 Years, managing one of CAL FIRE’s 911 Dispatch Emergency Command Center (ECC). This ECC dispatched not only CAL FIRE emergencies, but 6 other cooperating agencies under contract.
David’s Field Battalion and ECC Chief experience then led him to be selected the Division Chief/CAD Project Manager for a critical new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) project. This new system was developed, then installed at all 21 CAL FIRE Unit ECCs, as well as the statewide training academy. The project was successfully implemented over a 4 year period at a cost of roughly $16 million dollars.
David finished his CAL FIRE career when he was promoted to the statewide Deputy Chief of Command and Control. This critical and highly visible position was responsible for the direct oversight of the CAL FIRE statewide command center co-located with CAL OES, as well as oversight of the 2 regional command centers, and 21 Unit ECCs.
As Deputy Chief, he filled the position of Agency Representative for CAL FIRE at the CAL OES Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during peak periods of wildland fire activity. He interacted with the California Legislative Analyst Office (LAO), prepared reports for the Governor’s Office, and conducted analysis of pending legislation affecting CAL FIRE command and control areas.
Post retirement found David involved in a number of large communications related projects working in various project management roles. These projects included a regional radio system in the California Los Angeles basin, a statewide radio project in Oregon, a fire and police radio project in Houston, Texas, and as the Program Manager for an Emergency Notification System for the City of New York, Office of Emergency Management.
David’s strong depth of experience serves his clients well in his own consulting business. He has many different areas in his “tool kit” of knowledge to draw from in order to assist in numerous aspects of the fields of emergency management.