Our volunteer fire district is located in the rural southeast corner of Thurston County. We serve a local community of approximately 4,190 citizens. We provide fire suppression and basic life support emergency medical services. Our core values are honor, courage, compassion and commitment.
Three elected officials comprise our Board of Fire Commissioners. They govern our Fire District, serving as policymakers and providing guidance to the Fire Chief. They oversee and approve all expenditures. They represent us on several boards and committees; serving as the voice of our District. Our Fire commissioners also serve as volunteers within the department and are able to observe firsthand the level of service provided to our citizens. Our board is recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve as a “Patriotic Employer” for contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.
Fire District Officers
The Department is organized to ensure the safe, effective and efficient deployment of sufficient personnel, equipment, and other resources as necessary. The Fire Chief has organized the District in such a manner as to effectively establish a routine chain of command for daily operations.
Fire Chief Mark Gregory is responsible for the daily operations of the fire district, for developing and instituting a chain of command, and for developing a set of procedures within the adopted district policies, state laws and regulations. Deputy Chief Steve Slater is the senior officer in the absence of the Fire Chief and serves as our Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Deputy Chief Steve Slater is our Training Officer and is responsible for our training program and the development of new members.
Lieutenant John Parken is our Emergency Medical Services Officer (EMSO). He is the department coordinator for EMS oversight and quality assurance.
Volunteer lieutenants lead our three duty sections. Lieutenants Mark Edwards, Donovan McCartney, and David Kleiss-Marvin (temp) have a significant impact on volunteer staffing, operational readiness, and the service we provide.
Lieutenant Dale Bamford oversees our respiratory protection program and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).