Message From The Chief
I am honored to have been selected to lead Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue. It is like coming home, as I started as a volunteer with the organization in 1985. I have served as a Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief leading the emergency medical and suppression volunteers at Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue. I then served as a Fire Commissioner. I have served with Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue for over 30 years.
As an introduction, I have been involved in emergency services most of my adult life. I began serving as a cadet with the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office in 1983; worked for Medix and American Medical Response Ambulances as an Emergency Medical Technician; Kalama Police Department as a Police Officer; and then with the Castle Rock Police Department as Police Officer, Sergeant, and as the Chief of Police. In total I have over 38 years in emergency service to the citizens of Cowlitz County.
I am picking up the charge from Chief Lafave to continue to build an organization “that all of our members, current and former, as well as our citizens at the forefront while taking care of all of those that serve to the best of my ability.” Our continued mission is to provide outstanding service with duty, respect and integrity.
One of our organizational strengths is the ability to change. We continue to implement the latest technology, training and tactics. Our best strength is our people. We have an outstanding group of men and women striving daily to provide the best service to our citizens.