Dougherty Fire

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FS39_DRFAThis agency was unique in a number of ways. It was formed in the early 1960's to provide services to a new housing area on the Dublin-San Ramon border. The developer Volk-McLean constructed an entire community. This new community straddled the county line between Alameda and Contra Costa County. Approximately four square miles of San Ramon were within these boundaries.

Originally called the Valley Community Services District, the agency was created to temporarily provide Water, Sewer, Garbage Collection, Parks and Recreation and Fire Protection to this new community. The plan was that as the county services in both Alameda and Contra Costa counties were able, they would take over.

The name was changed in the 1980's to the Dublin-San Ramon Services District (DSRSD) to provide greater community identity. Gradually the services were taken over, eventually leaving only sewer and water services along with fire protection.

Fire Chief Phillip Phillips managed the fire organization from its inception until his retirement in 1985. A decision by the City of Dublin and the City of San Ramon created a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) called the Dougherty Regional Fire Authority (DRFA). This separated the Water and Sewer services to remain as DSRSD and the fire agency as DRFA.

This agency had two fire stations for most of its life - one in Dublin and one in San Ramon. A third station, located in Dublin, was added just prior to the dissolution of the agency. The two City of Dublin stations are now used by Alameda County Fire. The San Ramon station is now part of the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District (Station 39).

DSRSD still exists today as the water and sewer provider to Dublin and the sewer provider to a small portion of San Ramon. DRFA was dissolved in 1997 with the Alameda County services being contracted to Alameda County Fire District and the small portion of San Ramon served by DRFA being annexed into the San Ramon Valley Fire District.