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Meet Our Fire Chief - Dave LaFave

chief lafaveDavid J. LaFave
Fire Chief
Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue
Kelso, Washington

Chief Dave LaFave began his fire service career with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue as a volunteer in March 1983.  He was hired full time as a firefighter in March 1986 and served in Operations for most of his career.  In 1993, Dave was promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations and continued in that position until November 2000 when he was promoted to his current position as Fire Chief.  His educational background includes an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection from Portland Community College, a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and Completion of the NIMS Performance Based Training System up to and including S-520, Advanced Incident Management for qualifications as a National Type 1 Incident Commander.

Chief LaFave has been involved in the management of various types of emergencies including floods, landslides, major haz-mat events, natural gas pipeline explosions, hurricanes and wildfires with assignments in many states.

Chief LaFave is involved with many boards and committees including the Board for the Washington Fire Chiefs Association, PNWCG Steering Committee, Cowlitz County Guidance Association Board of Directors and Washington State Fire Defense Committee.  Additionally, Dave is certified as a Washington State Fire Service Instructor and is a qualified lead instructor for many ICS elements related to the USFA All Hazard Incident Management Program.  He also provides presentations related to leadership and developing High Reliability Organizations (among other topics throughout the United States).

Chief LaFave is involved in local civic organizations including Kelso Rotary and the Eagles.
Chief LaFave is married to Amy and has three children, Lacey, Jake and Ryan.  He enjoys his motorcycle, hunting, military history and generally working with heavy equipment.

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