Tony began his firefighting career with Los Altos Fire department in 1996 and joined County Fire later that same year when the County contracted with Los Altos to provide fire service. Tony has held a variety positions with County Fire including Firefighter/Engineer, Paramedic, Captain, Safety Officer, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and Communication Officer. Prior to moving over to County Communications last year, Tony served as the Deputy Chief of Training, which included career development of personnel and volunteers. In addition, Tony was the Health and Safety Officer for the department. Tony is a state certified Fire Officer, Chief Officer, and Fire Instructor.
In December of 2015 Tony was assigned to County Communications to provide management support around recruitment, hiring, and training. In April 2016 Tony was appointed Deputy Director to better assist the department with the management of day-to-day operations. Tony Bowden assumed the role of Interim Director effective September 11, 2016.
Tony holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Fire Administration and is currently working on his master's in Organizational Leadership.
Jason J. Bivens
Jason Bivens joined our team as the Deputy Director of Santa Clara County Communications after moving west from Maryland. He received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in International Business and has extensive experience in public safety including that of a career paramedic for a large metropolitan fire department, an Emergency Management professional for a high profile university, and most recently as the Assistant Chief for the Baltimore County 911 Center.
Jason’s passion for public safety has given him the opportunity to speak on essential 911 legislation in the state of Maryland, lead the development and construction of a new emergency communications center, and work on a team to create a leadership program for aspiring supervisors in the 911 profession. He has also worked with local, state and federal agencies to coordinate and respond to emergencies and planned community events.
In his personal time he works in the community as a mentor for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of America, has been volunteering as a Paramedic for over 18 years, and after completing Eagle Scout continued as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America. He really enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities offered in the Bay area.
In his role as Deputy Director, Jason is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Communications Department, including emergency call answering and radio dispatching (law enforcement, medical, fire and local government), technical engineering, and FCC compliance. He also serves on several regional projects to enhance the overall delivery of public safety to the community, and works with partner agencies on key initiatives.