Message From The Chief
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Cowlitz 2 District’s next Fire Chief. The outpouring of support and encouragement from everyone humbles me.
This journey started for me when I was 15 years old. I joined my neighborhood volunteer fire department while still in high school. I then was hired by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Rockville Maryland in August 1990. I served MCFRS for just shy of 33 years before I retired on June 30th 2023. I worked my way up the ranks to include membership in the county’s Urban Search & Rescue team, Safety Office, Special Operations Division Chief, and then 8 ½ years as the Fire Chief. I was privileged to have been mentored by so many amazing leaders over my years with the county.
When I arrived at Cowlitz 2, I found an extraordinary place. The department is a fire family that supports each other (member to member) while also supporting the community/residents we serve.
The men and women of Cowlitz 2 serve our community during times of crisis and emergency. We arrive with highly trained personnel, specialized equipment, and compassionate personnel to provide stability and customer care.
As we move forward, I am excited to continue to learn about C2FR and the Kelso/Longview/Cowlitz community and leading the organization to continue its robust tradition of service.
Cowlitz 2’s Mission Statement: Respect, Duty, and Integrity
It is this motto that keeps the team focused on excellent customer service to our residents, visitors, and business.
I am very excited to get started in this new role.