Fire District 1 dedicates approximately 80% of its general fund budget to the Suppression Division. It is staffed with 49 personnel, divided into three shifts responsible for 24/7 emergency response. Each shift is supervised by a Battalion Chief who coordinates daily activities and staffing for those on duty. The Chief of Suppression supervises this division and is responsible to provide administrative support and direction in accordance with departmental goals.
Our fire stations are strategically located throughout the community to provide for a timely response to emergencies. Crews respond to approximately 8,000 calls per year, averaging 22 calls per day (view statistics). Depending on the type of call, multiple apparatus may be dispatched to the same call from different stations.
Typical calls for service include:
I’ve been in the fire service since 1995 starting as a firefighter in the US Air Force. Since then, I’ve been assigned roles such as Captain, Fire Chief, and many others in between at locations in North America, Europe, and Southwest Asia. Klamath Falls became my new home when I was hired by Fire District 1 in December 2017. My responsibilities include the administration of emergency response services delivered by the outstanding men and women of our department. Serving the citizens of Klamath Falls in this capacity is one of the greatest honors of my life.
I started my fire service career at Shasta College in Redding CA where I received my Associates Degree in Fire Science before completing Butte College’s Paramedic Program. I worked for the forest service for three years and later transferred to a Cal-Fire engine. I spent five years at Shasta Lake City Fire Department while working for a hospital based ambulance in Redding. My career at Fire District 1 started in June of 2000; I promoted to Captain in 2009, and then to Battalion Chief in 2015.
My primary duties include oversight of TeleStaff use, apparatus/fleet issues, wildland firefighting partnerships, hydrant maintenance, run cards, and I participate on the Hazardous Materials Team. I engage on several committees as well.
I was hired by Fire District No. 1 in 1998 as a Firefighter/Paramedic, and promoted to Captain in 2005. I served on the Klamath/Lake HazMat team for 14 years, acting as HazMat Training Coordinator for 9 years and have also been a National Registry Paramedic for 20 year, serving many times as a Paramedic Preceptor.
My job duties consist of overseeing the Uniform Committee, which includes duty uniforms as well as all Personal Protective Equipment uniforms. I schedule the annual ladder maintenance program, coordinate the annual Advanced Cardiac Life Support classes, and participates in the Incident Command System training. I also am a member of both the EMS Committee and the Safety Committee.
I began his fire service career working for the US Forest Service in 1989. For 10 years I worked primarily in fire where I served as a fire crew member, Assistant Engine Supervisor, Helicopter Rappeller and Incident Medical Specialist. I also worked for Timber, Silviculture, Recreation and Wildlife. I have been an EMT since 1995, Paramedic since 2000 and have been with Klamath County Fire District No. 1 since April 2001 when I was hired as a Firefighter/Paramedic. I promoted to Captain in January 2015 and Battalion Chief in February 2017. In 2005, I started with Klamath Falls Police Department as a Reserve Officer serving the SWAT Team as a Tactical Emergency Medic.
My duties include maintenance of all district facilities, Hose Testing program, Safety Committee Chair, SCBA program and others. However, my primary responsibilities as Battalion Chief are to oversee the safe operations of C-Shift and provide professional service to our community.