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Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974 mournfully reports the loss of fellow Brother Captain Paul Chenkovich

On November 5, 2013 at approximately 9:15 a.m., retired Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Captain Paul Chenkovich passed away after a courageous three year battle with occupational  brain cancer. Paul was 48 years old and leaves behind a wife, a 8 year old daughter, a 15 year old son. Paul is also survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Paul passed away at his home in Sacramento, CA. He was under the care of U.C. Davis Hospice when he passed. Information on services is not yet available.

Paul grew up in Pleasanton, CA, but started his fire service career with the U.S. Forest Service, and then spent 10 years at the El Dorado Hills Fire Department where he worked as a Firefighter and a Fire Engineer. In 2000, Paul joined the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department as a Firefighter. He promoted to the rank of Fire Engineer and then to Fire Captain. In July of 2010, Paul was diagnosed with brain cancer. In 2013, he retired from the fire department.
In addition to his passion for the fire service, what Paul most enjoyed was the time he spent with his family. He also enjoyed soccer, woodworking, gardening and road trips with his motorcycle club. Paul was a highly respected member of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department(LPFD), including many years of service on the Local 1974 Executive Board. During his career, Paul worked to improve firefighter and community safety through programs he oversaw ensuring that fire engines met performance standards and teaching members of the LPFD about the hazards of utilities, and how to prevent injury to the community and the firefighters.
Captain Paul Chenkovich underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in the battle against cancer. He fought courageously when it was time to fight, but was graceful in his passing, sharing a tear or a hug with those close to him right until his last days.
As additional information on services becomes available, it will be distributed.

Donations can be made to: 

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Foundation
Care of Chenkovich Family
4847 Hopyard Rd, Suite 4, PO Box 303
Pleasanton, Ca 94588
For Further Information:                                                                       
Gregg Stanford                                                                      
Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974                                  
(925) 337-3437


Jorge Della Santa

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974

(925) 321-1690


Mothers Day Fire; Locust St.

Members from Local 1974 contain a working structure fire and prevent further loss.

Corte Nina fire

After The Fire  -  Great Job B Shift 

Incident Date:  February 23, 2011 

Dispatch Time and Nature:  10:23hrs, Residential Structure Fire 

Estimate of Damage:  $350,000 

Location:  7004 Corte Nina, Pleasanton 

Dispatch Report:  Electrical burning smell, fire alarm sounding at home office. 

Response:       Initial Dispatch:  E94, T93, E90(Dist 1), E92, Battalion 9

                        Units Added:  E95(Incident), E97 & E99 move-up


Occupancy:  Single story, single family residence. 


Report on Conditions:  Engine 94 on scene of a single story, single family residence with heavy smoke showing from the CD corner. All occupants are out of the structure per the reporting resident.




  1. Confine the fire to the area of origin and prevent further loss.
  2. Salvage interior contents while controlling fire
  3. Work with Fire Investigation to determine cause
Longview Fire Feb.17 2011


Conditions on arrival-E4 stretching the line for fire attack


Truck 3 & Eng 1 venting the roof.

Dec. 14-Harpers Ferry Fire
Dec. 08, 2008 E. Angela St.

Members from Local 1974 were tasked with a critically burned patient upon arriving at a well involved structure fire that resulted from an explosion.  First in crews were also successful in preventing this inferno from engulfing adjsant structures that were an immediate problem upon arrival. Click here for more

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters assist MDA with the Outback Golf Tournament


Local 1974 members Patrick Thomson, Aaron Lacey, Matt Thau, Troy Ravera, Joe Testa, and Jorge DellaSanta assist MDA at their annual Outback Golf Tournament. 

 Coach & the boys.JPG

 Every year, John Madden teams up with Outback Steakhouse in hosting this annual fundraiser which once again proves to be another successful day.   


House Passes Collective Bargaining Bill

The IAFF's top legislative priority, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2007 -- which guarantees collective bargaining rights for every fire fighter in the nation -- has overwhelmingly passed the U.S. House of Representatives.


The bill, HR 980, won the support of a majority of the Repiblicans and Democrats in Congress, passing by a margin of 314-97.


“For more than 50 years, the IAFF has battled to guarantee every professional fire fighter the right to collectively bargain,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “This is just the first step, but it's truly an historic moment for our union.

HR 980 assures four basic rights: the right to organize and form a union and be recognized as the exclusive representative for employees within a specific fire department; the right to bargain with respective public employers over wages and other terms and conditions of employment; the right to have a neutral third party assist in mediating any disputed issues; and the right to reduce negotiated agreements into binding, legally enforceable contracts.


Thanks to the IAFF’s aggressive grassroots efforts, HR 980 garnered 280 cosponsors, including 70 Republicans. Only 12 of the more than 2,900 bills introduced in this Congress have attained a congressional majority – 218 members – as cosponsors. “Clearly, our grassroots operation -- the calls from our members in the field -- succeeded in elevating this issue and generating support across all parties in the House,” Schaitberger notes.


The IAFF will now focus its efforts in the Senate and, ultimately, on lobbying the president to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk.

Retired Captain Doug Cracraft loses battle with cancer.

It is with much sadness I inform you that today (Tuesday) we lost Retired Captain Doug Craycraft. Doug worked for Pleasanton Fire Department in the late 60’s to the early 80’s. Doug lost his battle with cancer this morning. Funeral arrangements have already been made. See below.



Friday 7-28-2006 @ 1400 hrs

Ingle Chapel Congregational

85372 Highway 339

Milton Freewater, Oregon 97862


His Home Phone # (509) 522-0257

Brother Walsh Update

Brothers and Sisters,

Scott’s condition continues to improve. He is home now, and will be continuing his out patient physical therapy. 

Again Scott and his family have expressed their greatest respect and admiration for the assistance they have received.

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