Klamath County Fire District No. 1 is the largest fire district in Klamath County. We employ 75 fulltime staff which make up 4 divisions comprising of Administrative Services, Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Prevention. Our department has 63 line staff with three Battalion Chiefs who oversee day to day operations. Klamath County Fire District No. 1 is considered a Rural Fire Protection Special District under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 478. Because of this designation, Fire District No. 1 is a standalone entity and is not part of the City of Klamath Falls or Klamath County Government. Fire District No. 1 is solely responsible for all the Administration of the personnel. This includes responsibilities such as payroll, benefits, and human resources. In addition, the Fire District must oversee its own budget, provide all Information Technology support for the six fire stations, and maintain and track all required training for the personnel. Administration is also responsible for ambulance billing.
Welcome to Klamath County Fire District No. 1. As you tour our website you’ll find that we are comprised of dedicated individuals who wear our uniform with pride. We are focused on providing excellent customer service to the residents and visitors to our community. Our department delivers outstanding service in structural and wildland fire suppression, community risk reduction, fire prevention and investigation, public education, technical rescue, and hazardous materials response.
I began my fire service career in 1996 with the United States Air Force. After four years as an Air Force firefighter I served in multiple positions with Kingsley Field Fire Department, the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and most recently with Brighton Fire Rescue District in Colorado. I joined Klamath County Fire District No. 1 April 1, 2020.
I was hired in 2000 as the Fire District No. 1 Finance Officer. I am responsible for payroll and employee benefits administration, budgeting and financial reporting, and accounting. I belong to the Oregon Fire Service Office Administrators and the Society for Human Resource Management.
I graduated from Appalachian State University in 1990 with a BSBA in Health Care Management and moved to Klamath Falls from Cleveland, Ohio in July 2018. I began working with KCFD1 in August 2018. Before moving to Oregon, I worked as a Human Resources practitioner in North Carolina and Ohio. Prior to HR, I was a Medical Social Worker/Case Manager and served in both public and private organizations.
I started with Fire District No. 1 in April of 2017 as the Administrative Assistant - Finance/Office Clerk. I provide administrative assistance to members of the Fire District both internally and externally. I also process accounts payable, oversee the Highway Assist program, am the Secretary/Treasurer for Klamath County Fire District No. 1 Foundation, and assist with administrative duties for Klamath/Lake HazMat Team 4.
I joined KCFD1 on May 1st and brought with me extensive experience in office administration, property management, and medical records. I moved from the Beaverton area to Klamath Falls in 2004.
My greatest joys are my daughter Sarah who is a retail manager, my son Derek who is a USMC police officer, and my 5 year-old grandson Liam. Liam and I enjoy planting the spring garden together and it is reported he already has his construction equipment digging trenches in the garden beds and relocating worms and bugs.
I am very excited to be a part of KCFD1 and to work with the Klamath Falls community.