Bob Atlas

About Bob Atlas

Bob Atlas is a Battalion Chief with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. He entered the fire service as a Community Fire Aide for the Milpitas Fire Department in 1996 and completed an internship with the South Santa Clara County Fire Protection District and Cal Fire in 1997. Bob was then employed as an Emergency Medical Technician for American Medical Response. He was hired by The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District in 1999, promoted to Fire Engineer in 2002, Captain in 2005 and Shift Battalion Chief in 2011 and is currently assigned to Battalion 8. Chief Atlas oversees almost $30 million in Local, State and Federal grants for training, apparatus, equipment and staffing. Atlas has instructed at the CCCFPD Fire Academy and other fire academies in the area. He is a California State Fire Marshal certified Fire Officer and Fire Instructor I. He is a former member of FEMA US&R, California Task Force 4 and The CCCFPD Technical Rescue Program. Bob is a member of the East Bay Incident Management Team and assigned to the Operations Section. Atlas is also serves on The CCCPFD career development committee and is a Certified Oral Board Rater for the fire district. Bob is responsible for the fire districts fire apparatus committee. He has been coaching entry-level candidates since 1999 and promotional candidates since 2005. Bob is one of three Owners of Fire Alumni a leader in public safety training & education since 2004. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The University of Massachusetts and an Associates of Science in Fire Science from Mission College. Chief Atlas has been married for 22 years to his beautiful wife Teresa; they have 3 children and reside in Brentwood, Ca. His philosophy in life is simple... Do your job and Do what is right, always.

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Winning & Losing Is A Matter Of Perspective

Winning & Losing Is A Matter Of Perspective

What are YOU doing to get in the game? It’s that time of the year again, the time when every major sport is at front and center. The major sports are in full swing or have just wrapped up. The regular season for basketball has just begun, Hockey and Football recently...
9/11- Where Were You When the World Stopped?

9/11- Where Were You When the World Stopped?

Maybe you’re an Alan Jackson fan and maybe you’re not.  Either way I’m sure the question has come up in conversation in your life at least once.  Maybe you were asked by someone at a party or on the anniversary or just at one of those, well you know, those moments. ...
How You Present “YOU”

How You Present “YOU”

I am constantly asked this question; “Chief, How do I present myself?” Well, this is a loaded question. In response I ask, where, when and for what purpose? What follows is… “for the oral interview of course!” The reason this is a loaded question is because there are...
The Reasons to Hire YOU as a Firefighter

The Reasons to Hire YOU as a Firefighter

This is a noble goal to have and an exciting journey that you will remember for the rest of your life. If you have not totally embraced this fact yet, you will, as soon as you make the total commitment to the ultimate goal of becoming a professional firefighter. After...
Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough? Pt. 5

Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough? Pt. 5

You will start many projects during your lifetime and only be able to finish a handful of them.  The best you can do is think, plan, develop and execute…! In our last installment (Pt. 4) we covered Certifications and Qualifications.  These designations and essential...
Your Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough? Pt. 4

Your Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough? Pt. 4

Congratulations! You have made it to part 4 of 5 of your Fire Service Resume and we are headed down the home stretch.  Soon you will have a deep and complete understanding of what a winning firefighter resume should look like and what information should be contained...
Your Fire Service Resume: Part 3

Your Fire Service Resume: Part 3

In the 3rd part of our Fire Service Resume series, you should have begun to get a feel for the process of creating a comprehensive Fire Service resume.  As you recall from part 1  and part 2 of this 5 part series our objective is to help you create the absolutely very...
Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough to Get a Job?

Fire Service Resume: Is It Good Enough to Get a Job?

This is the 1st of a 5-part series on how to create an honest and all-inclusive resume to become a Firefighter. In order for you to truthfully answer this question you must first be clear as to what a fire service resume is for and what the components of a successful...
What Does it Take to be a Firefighter?

What Does it Take to be a Firefighter?

A career in the fire service will test you every day and can be incredibly satisfying. Firefighting requires exceptionally difficult and demanding physical work. You will perform strenuous activities and handle all types of emergencies, including life-or-death...
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