A crucial, but largely unknown to the public, part of Klamath County Fire District 1’s mission is carried out behind the scenes by administrative staff. The Administration Division of Klamath County Fire District 1 is comprised of the Fire Chief, Director of Administrative Services, Information Technology Specialist, Executive Assistant/Human Resources Specialist, Finance Specialist, two Senior EMS Billing Specialists and a Customer Service Specialist.
The Fire Chief serves as the CEO of KCFD1, as well as the Budget Officer, with direct oversight of two Deputy Chiefs, a Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal and the Director of Administrative Services.
The Director of Administrative Services has direct oversight of the employees representing the following departments:
These staff members take great care and pride in their work, which allows Klamath County Fire District 1 to operate as smoothly as possible and deliver the best possible services to our patrons.
Klamath County Fire District 1 is here to serve you and your family. We take great pride in being a critical service provider in this community. We respond to emergencies with highly skilled and trained personnel who are equipped with the latest technology in emergency medical equipment.
Our department continues to seek out advancements in technology, while building a stronger, more prepared team as we continue to put a greater emphasis into training and education. We understand the importance of fire prevention, and the impact of fire within our community. We encourage you to contact us directly if you have questions about the risks associated with fire and need assistance in making a greater effort to reduce your risk.
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to make a positive impact. The people of this community make this a great place to serve.
Phil started his fire service career in 2000, with KCFD1, getting hired as a “Payroll / Accounts Payable Secretary”, on September 11th. Over the first few months of his employment, and multiple meetings with the Fire Chief, Phil’s title changed to “Payroll Administrator”.
Phil went on to become the district’s “Financial Officer”, then “Finance Officer”, a title that he kept until May, 2020, when he was promoted to his current position of “Director of Administrative Services”.
Phil was raised in Klamath Falls, graduating from Henley High School in 1986 and Oregon Institute of Technology in 2000, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Management and Management Information Systems. Fun fact: Phil was a placekicker for the last football team O.I.T. ever had.
Phil served in the Army National Guard, both in Oregon and Virginia, from 1986 to 1993, as an 11B (Infantryman) and 11M (Fighting Vehicle Infantryman).
In his spare time, Phil enjoys camping, fishing and golf, but his greatest achievements to date are his children, James and Elizabeth. The highlight of every year, for Phil, is an annual trip with James and his wife, Kayla and Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Andrew.
Administrative staff is also tasked with coordinating station tours and engine visits, KCFD1 attendance at Third Thursday, Fire Prevention Week activities, assisting the Fire Prevention Co-op at the Klamath County Fair, planning in-house pinning/promotion ceremonies, organizing the District’s annual Employee Appreciation Dinner, organizing and helping at assessment centers and job fairs. Where there is a community event involving the District, the administrative staff is there organizing, helping behind the scenes, and participating along with fire and EMS crews.
In order as pictured: Debbie Fleming, Jade Cervantes, Celeste Aldinger, Tamra Wedemeyer, Nikki Hirschbock, and Cassy Maxwell.