Meet Your Oregon Area Recruiters

 

 
Columbia River Fire
& Rescue/Scappoose Fire

Meet Jennifer Motherway, Jennifer joined Columbia River Fire & Rescue and Scappoose Fire District in 2012 and handles the recruitment and retention, social media and public information officer efforts for both agencies. Jennifer earned her Associates Degree from PCC and has a Bachelors in Management & Organizational Leadership from George Fox University. She is also one of the founders of the OFRN. Jennifer can be reached at 503-396-1841 or EMAIL

Cornelius Fire Department
Meet Ila Borders.  Ila is a Career Lt. and Paramedic with the Cornelius Fire Department. Ila started with Cornelius in 2016 after moving from Arizona where she was a FF/Medic at Gilbert Fire & Rescue. In April of 2018, Ila was promoted to the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. Ila can be reached at 503-357-3840 or EMAIL
Gaston Fire District

Meet Matt Aalto, Matt served the Stayton Fire District from July of 2011 to June 2016 as the recruitment and retention coordinator. Since 2016 he has served as Lieutenant/Training Officer for the Gaston Fire District and assists with recruitment and retention.  Matt earned his Associates Degree in Fire Science from PCC and has a Bachelors in Fire Administration from Eastern Oregon University, along with a Certificate in Leadership Effectiveness from Notre Dame's College of Business. Matt has also worked directly with the IAFC, NVFC, and NFA as an instructor and specialist. Matt can be reached at 503-932-7875 or EMAIL

 
Jefferson Fire District
Meet Louis Gisler, Chief Gisler handles the training and recruitment for the Jefferson Fire District. Louis is also a member of the Mid Willamette Valley Fire Instructors Association. Chief Gisler can be reached at 541-327-2822 or EMAIL.
Sutherlin Fire District

Meet Scott McKnight, Lt. Scott McKnight joined DCFD 2 in 1993 as a Probationary Firefighter.  In 1997 Scott was promoted to the Rank of Engineer and in 2001 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  In 2014 he took on the role of Volunteer Coordinator.  Scott holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Chemeketa.  Lt. McKnight is an active member of Oregon Fire Recruitment network and Umpqua Valley Fire Instructors.  He has served on DCFD 2 Tech Rescue Team and is a past president of IAFF Local 2091. Scott is a member of Sutherlin High School Booster Club and Douglas County 4-H & is the Head Coach for Sutherlin HS JV Basketball team.  Scott enjoys spending time with his family, coaching, riding horses, competing in team penning events and watching baseball.  Scott can be reached at 541-440-7637 or EMAIL

Jefferson County FD #1
Meet Kasey Skaar. Kasey has been with Jefferson County Fire District #1 for over a decade. Kasey started as a student intern in 2005 and in 2008 became a volunteer Lieutenant. In 2015 Kasey was hired as the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator under a SAFER grant. Kasey loves his community and and is looking forward to making a positive impact on his department.  Kasey can be reached at 541-475-7274 or EMAIL.
 
Forest Grove Fire and Rescue/Cornelius Fire

Meet Tad Buckingham, Tad has been with Forest Grove Fire & Rescue since starting out in 1987 as a resident volunteer.  During that time he pursued both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Pacific University.  Since graduating with his doctorate in 1994, Tad is both a full-time professional Battalion Chief/Paramedic (1996) and a part-time attending physician/lecturer for the various College of Optometry Eye clinics specializing in disease.  At Forest Grove Fire & Rescue he works to facilitate a great working and learning environment for both the volunteers and prospective recruits of the combination department. Tad also handles recruitment for Cornelius Fire. Tad can be reached at 503-992-3240 or EMAIL

Lebanon Fire District
Meet Russell Duerr, Russell joined the Lebanon Fire District in 2008. Russell started his career as a volunteer firefighter, he then became an intern firefighter before getting hired full time. Russell is a Paramedic and served as an Engineer/Medic prior to promoting to Lieutenant. Russell is currently serving as the Volunteer Recruiter and Retention Coordinator for the Lebanon Fire District. Russell earned his associates degrees of Fire Suppression and EMS from Chemeketa CC and his Bachelors of Science in Public Health from Oregon State University. Lebanon Fire District provides both fire protection and Emergency Medical Services. Its fire protection area is 134 square miles, while EMS protection is 416 miles. Lebanon has five fire stations and is currently recruiting for volunteer firefighters and its student programs. Russell can be reached at 541-451-1901 or EMAIL
Charleston RFPD
Meet Daryl Kemmerle. Daryl is the Deputy Fire Chief for Charleston Rural Fire District. He is the Training Officer, Health & Safety Officer, and manages the student/intern program for the Fire District. Charleston Fire has 3 fire stations near South Western Oregon Community College in Coos Bay Oregon. 
 
Brownsville Rural Fire District

Meet Kevin Rogers, Chief Rogers is the Chief of the Brownsville Rural Fire District which was established in 1932 and provides fire, rescue, and first responder emergency medical services to the citizens of Brownsville, Oregon and the surrounding communities in mutual aide. Located in the heart of the historic City of Brownsville, the mission of the Brownsville Rural Fire District is to serve the people in the Fire District, respond to emergencies and to protect life, property, and enviroment. Chief Rogers can be reached at 541-466-5227 or EMAIL

Mt. Angel Fire District

Meet Bill Hauth, Captain Hauth handles the Recruitment and Retention efforts for Mt. Angel Fire District. Captain Hauth can be reached at the Station at 503-845-2438 or Cell 503-480-4285 or EMAIL

Molalla Fire District #73

Meet Dustin Hamilton, Dustin handles the recruitment for Molalla Fire District #73. Molalla Fire's backbone is volunteers supported by Career Firefighter/Paramedics who transport for Molalla and Colton Fire. Dustin has been involved in the Fire Service since 2001 as a volunteer for Keizer Fire. After Keizer, Dustin moved to Sublimity where he volunteered for nearly 10 years and was a FF/Engineer and Training Officer. In 2018 Dustin was hired at Molalla Fire to continue the recruitment and retention efforts. Dustin can be reached at 503-829-2200 or EMAIL

 
Keizer Fire District
Meet Hector Blanco, who began his career as a United States Air Force Firefighter in 1981. Hector currently serves as the Division Chief of Training, Health & Safety for Keizer Fire District. Keizer is a combination ALS transport department with 29 career dual role members, and average 30 volunteer firefighters. Along with managing the training, health and safety division, Hector is the recruitment & retention officer, and oversees the Explorer program. Hector serves as a duty officer and holds certification as an instructor III, officer IV, and fire inspector II. Hector belongs to the Mid-Willamette Fire Instructor Association MWFIA, OFCA, and IAFC. Hector can be reached at 503-390-9111 or EMAIL
McKenzie Fire & Rescue

Meet Captain David Sherwood. Captain Sherwood is the Training Officer, in charge of training, recruitment, and retention, for McKenzie Fire & Rescue. The District was established in 1959 and provides fire, rescue, and first responder emergency medical services. Captain Sherwood has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and has 14+ years under his belt in the EMS/Fire service. Please feel free to call at 541-466-5227 or EMAIL

Aumsville Fire District

Meet Brad McKenzie, Brad currently serves as the Assistant Chief and retains his EMT-P. Brad was hired by the Aumsville Fire District after serving for over 10 years at Stayton Fire District as a Firefighter and Lieutenant. Brad also served as a Captain for a private contracted firm as a firefighter in the Middle East for 2 years at Al Asad Air Base. Chief Makenzie can be reached at 503-749-2894 or EMAIL

 
Aurora Fire District
Meet Bill Hansen. Lt. Hansen was recently appointed to his current job at Aurora Fire District in Nov of 2015. Previously, Bill was the Fire Chief for the Hubbard Fire District. Bill has been active in multiple facets of the Fire Service and is married with two beautiful kids. Bill studied fire science at Chemeketa Community college and is now tasked with recruitment for Aurora Fire. Lt. Hansen can be reached at 503-678-5966 or EMAIL
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Meet Tina Quintal. Tina has been with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue since 2010 and as the Sr. Employment Coordinator is responsible for the volunteer and career recruitment efforts. Tina can be reached at 503-259-1112 or EMAIL.
Boardman Rural Fire Protection District
Meet Stephanie Irons, Stephanie is the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Boardman Rural Fire Protection District. Boardman Rural Fire Protection District provides a full range of services which include fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, rescue, and initial hazardous materials response to an area of 330 square miles. Stephanie can be reached at 541-481-3473 or EMAIL
 
Detroit-Idanha Fire District
Meet Andrea Martinez. Andrea is a firefighter/ Paramedic with the Idanha Detroit Rural Fire Protection District. Andrea has been a firefighter since 2008, and a paramedic since 2011. She also serves the IDRFPD as their Firewise Coordinator, Public Education and Community Outreach Coordinator, manages the training records, and assists with the Volunteer Recruitment and Retention program at IDRFPD. The IDRFPD protects the cities and communities of Idanha, Detroit, Breitenbush Hot Springs, and Marion Forks. The district is nestled in the heart of the Willamette National Forest next to the beautiful Detroit Lake, and Santiam and Breitenbush Rivers. Andrea can be reached at the station at 503-854-3540 or EMAIL
Crook County Fire & Rescue
Meet Russ Deboodt. Russ was hired by Crook County Fire & Rescue in September of 2014 after starting as a volunteer in 2013. He currently serves as a Firefighter/ EMT and the Volunteer Coordinator for the department, among other roles. Russ earned his BA in horticulture as well as an MBA from Oregon State University. CCF&R is a combination department and consists of three stations serving a fire district of 400sq. miles. Russ can be reached at 541-447-5011 or EMAIL
Lake Chinook Fire & Rescue
Meet Don Colfels. Chief Colfels oversses the operations at LCF&R.  The Department responds to all calls from the Cove Palisades State Park on the Deshutes arm of Lake Billy Chinook to Green Ridge which is an area of approximately 40 Sq Miles. Chief Colfels can be reached at 541-977-0988 or EMAIL
 
South Sherman Fire and Rescue
Meet Chief Glenn Fluhr. Chief Fluhr has 28 years of public service and joined South Sherman Fire and Rescue in 2002. Chief can be reached at 541-333-2525 or EMAIL
Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance
Meet Zach Lincoln. Zach handles the reruitment and retention efforts for Sweet Home Fire & Ambulance and is a B Shift Firefighter Paramedic. Zach can be reached at 541-367-5882.
 
Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services
Meet Nate Stephens. Nate has been int he fire service since 1993. Currently he is a Lieutenant and the Resident Intern Coordinator. In addition to his coordinator responsibilities, he is also a Paramedic and member of the Haz-Mat team #10. Nate can be reached at 541-567-8822 or EMAIL
Illinois Valley Fire District
Meet Brian Mavity. Lt. Mavity has been with the Illinois Valley Fire District for just a short 2 years.  In that time he has completed his fire academy training, pump operator training, driver, Oregon EMT and promoted to Lt. in charge of Recruitment and Retention.  Lt. Mavity has been taking advantage of the onsite Homeland Security courses and recently completed his 6 day CBRNE course (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive training) in Anniston Alabama.  The Illinois Valley Fire District is located in a rural part of Josephine County and covers Selma, Cave Junction, O’Brien and up to the California border. Brian can be reached at 541-592-2225 or EMAIL
Silverton Fire District

Meet Rick Heuchert, (on the left) Rick was hired by the Silverton Fire District in 2012 after serving as a volunteer for several years. Rick holds several state certifications and is certified as an Oregon Firefighter and EMT. The Silverton Fire District is made up of Silverton and Scotts Mills. Rick works Monday through Friday and can be reached at 503-873-5328 or EMAIL

Dallas Fire Department
Meet April Welsh. April, a former Dallas police detective, simply had to cross Jefferson Street to begin her new career as the department’s community service officer. April is in charge of volunteer recruitment and retention and community relations. Her responsibilities include building the volunteer base which is a critical role as all firefighters in Dallas are volunteers and more are needed. She also coordinates public outreach through events, social media and emergency information services. April can be reached at 503-831-3532 or EMAIL
 
 
Lane Fire Authority
Meet Mark Boren, Mark has recently taken over the recruitment roll and will be continuing this full time, part time after he retires October 1, 2018. Mark volunteered for 6 years starting in 1997 prior to being hired as the Training Officer with Lane County Fire District #1 in 2003.  Mark is one of two training officers with Lane Fire Authority after a consolidation then merger 5 years ago with Lane Rural Fire Rescue and a recent consolidation with Santa Clara Fire. Lane Fire Authority provides fire, life safety and emergency medical services (EMS) to 45,000 residents over 282 square miles in the scenic Willamette Valley. Our team of 100 career and volunteer personnel responded to approximately 4,800 calls last year, 81% of which were EMS-related. We operate out of 16 stations, 3 of which have career staffing 24/7.  The 11 remaining stations are supported by more than 70 dedicated volunteers from our community and the surrounding area that do 24 hr shifts out of two of our stations every 6th day.  We operate an ALS ambulance service with an Ambulance Service Area that includes several fire districts and extends into two other counties.  Contact Mark at 541-935-2226 ext. 225 or EMAIL
Olney Walluski Fire & Rescue District
Matt Ron Tyson, Chief Tyson is the Chief of Olney Walluski Fire. Chief oversees an all volunteer fire district and currently lives in Astoria. Chief Tyson can be reached at 503-325-5440.  
 
Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue
Meet Boa Warren. A wearer of two helmets, Firefighter Pete “Boa” Warren has been with Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue since early 2006.  In 2011, he was promoted to Volunteer Captain at Station 2.  An Air Force retired member, he has always enjoyed the camaraderie of the military and the Fire Service is a continuation of that.  After the SAFER Grant came through, Boa was selected as SVFR’s newest full-time firefighter and the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Deadwood/Swiss Home, Mapleton and Siuslaw Valley FD. So, a yellow helmet during the daytime, he’s under the red helmet for after-hour calls.  He enjoys motorcycling and hitting the road for thousands of miles. Boa can be reached at 541-997-3212 or EMAIL
Marion Co. Fire Dist 1
Brian Woodley began his fire service career as a Volunteer Firefighter with Marion County Fire District #1 in November of 2000. Brian advanced to the rank of Volunteer Lieutenant in October of 2004 and then Volunteer Captain in July of 2006. Brian completed an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice and earned his BS in Business Administration at Corban University. In June of 2012, Brian completed the National Fire Academy for Training Program Management and continues personal development in related fields. Brian manages the volunteer program for Marion County Fire District and also serves on the Oregon State Fire Marshals incident management team as well as volunteers his time performing dive recovery missions for Linn Co Sheriffs Office. Brian can be reached at 503-485-4142 or HERE
Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue
Meet Rob Torrey. As of January 2018, Rob became the Division Chief of Training and the Volunteer Retention/Recruitment coordinator MCFR in the Dalles. Chief Torrey started out as a volunteer firefighter in 1979 in Federal Way, Washington and turned his passion for the fire service into a career with the Redmond Fire Department (in Washington state) where he retired as a Captain after 31 years (1984-2015). The past two years, Chief Torrey served as the fire chief of an all-volunteer department in Superior, Montana (2016-2017). Chief Torrey can be reached at 541-296-9445 or HERE
Nestucca Fire & Rescue
Meet Brian Jones, he is the Batallion Chief of training as well as the Volunteer Coordinator and started in September in 2012, promoted to the current position in September 2017. Brian can be reached at 503-392-3313 or 503-812-7635 or email at ryan.jones@nrfpd.com
 
Sutherlin Fire Department
Meet Avery Hazzard. Avery joined the Sutherlin Fire Department as a cadet and in 2008 became a volunteer firefighter with department. In January of 2016 Avery was offered a full time position as a Lieutenant in charge of equipment maintenance for the department. September 1, 2018 the department implemented a 24 hr. shift program where I was promoted to Battalion Chief and put in charge of the department’s volunteer student recruitment program and also currently one of the departments training officers.  Avery can be reached at 541-459-1394 or HERE
Amity Fire District
Meet Mike Jones, Mike began his volunteer fire career with Little Lake Fire Protection district in Northern California where he served as an Engineer/EMT for 5 years. In 2014 Mike moved to Oregon and in 2016 started as a volunteer firefighter for Amity Fire District. Mike currently serves as volunteer Engineer/Public information officer and has the duties of managing the districts Social media and online presence. In 2018 Mike began working towards an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern university and in 2019 Mike became the Volunteer recruitment and retention coordinator for Amity Fire District. Mike Can be reached at 503-820-9448 or HERE.
Woodburn Fire District
Meet Layne Wilson. Layne was born in Palo Alto, California but moved north and graduated from Oregon City High School. Layne played women’s volleyball for the University of Nevada Las Vegas, plus ran cross country and track for Eastern New Mexico University. Layne Graduated with an honors degree in cultural anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University and was a volunteer firefighter at Woodburn Fire District before becoming the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. Layne also currently volunteers for Hubbard Fire. Layne can be reached at 503-982-2360 or HERE
 
Gearhart Fire
Meet Josh Como. Josh grew up in the fire service and was 6 years old when his Dad joined. Josh joined as a cadet when he was 15 and has been involved with the fire service ever since. Josh is a Lieutenant-Training Officer and can be reached at 503-738-7838 or HERE
Sisters-Camp Sherman, Cloverdale & Black Butte
Meet David Mackenzie. Dave entered into the fire service in 1982 as a volunteer with the Sunriver FD. His career spans 37 years and is finishing up his full-time position as Engineer with the Bend Fire Department after 26 years. Dave accepted the position as R&R coordinator with the Sisters-Camp Sherman RFPD in Dec. 2018. He can be reached at 541-549-0771 or HERE
Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue
Meet Shaunna White. Shaunna served in O.E.F as a F.E.T member with 2/11, as a Corporal in 2012. She started volunteering in 2014 with Cannon Beach Fire after serving in the U.S Marine Corps. White missed the comradery, challenges, and pride of serving, but found a new family and exciting set of new challenges within the fire industry. She earned her Associates Degree in Fire Science from CCC utilizing the G.I bill. In 2019, she was hired as the Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Cannon Beach and Hamlet Fire Departments. Shaunna can be reached at 503-739-3174 or HERE! 
 
 
Umatilla Rural Fire Protection District
Meet Craig Bensen. Craig Bensen was a volunteer for the URFPD for three years before being hired in 2018. He currently serves as the recruitment/retention coordinator, training officer, fire marshal, and oversees our resident intern program. For information about becoming a volunteer or applying for our resident intern program, please feel free to contact him at 541-922-3718 or by email HERE.
Williams Rural Fire Protection District
Meet Nicco Holt. Nicco started his fire service career with a small fire district in Lane County.  He completed his Paramedic certification in the early 1990's and spent a year working for a private ambulance service in Portland before moving to Southern Oregon in 1993 to work for the Rogue River Fire District where he is still employed.  Nicco has joined Williams Rural Fire Protection District as our Recruitment & Retention Coordinator.  He also serves as Secretary for the Rogue Interagency Training Association.  Outside of work, Nicco spends his time doing a variety of recreational and family activities. Please contact him at 541-846-7644 or by email HERE
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