Gov. Gavin Newsom Aug. 30 announced the appointment of a Cal Fire assistant chief who lives in Temecula to the Emergency Medical Services Commission. Curtis Brown, 48, has been assistant region chief at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection since 2020. He has held several other positions at Cal Fire since 1996, including staff chief, assistant chief, battalion chief, training captain, fire captain, fire apparatus engineer and program manager for the EMS Program. Brown is a member of the California Behavioral Health Task Force, CalChiefs, the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the International Association of Wildland Fire. His appointment does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.