Division Chief - Fire Prevention
I started with Klamath County Fire District No. 1 on September 1, 1983 as a Firefighter/EMT-III. In 1985, my EMT certification was upgraded to Paramedic status.
I'm a 1976 graduate of Bonanza High School, and continued my education at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, graduating in 1981 with an Associates of Science degree in Paramedic.I have just recently completed my certification requirements for Fire Inspector I, II, and III.
In September of 1996 I transferred into the Fire Prevention Division as a Deputy Fire Marshal. I have worked under retired Fire Marshal Ron Eichelkraut and Retired Fire Marshal Jim Kenworthy. I work closely with the Klamath County District Attorney's Office, Oregon State Police Arson Division, Klamath County Sheriff's Department, Klamath Falls City Police, Juvenile Department, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office.
My family and I have always enjoyed the Klamath Basin and have been proud to serve the people and businesses within Fire District No. 1 for over 28 years.
Responsibilities of the Position
The Fire Prevention Division provides support to the District's Operations Division, Training Division and Administrative Support personnel. The Fire Prevention Division also provides direct services to the citizens of the District and works closely with, and in support of, the City of Klamath Falls, Klamath County, local and state law enforcement agencies, the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office and other Fire Service Agencies.
Fire prevention programs and activities include:
- Fire Investigation: Data is gathered regarding the origin and cause of all fires. The information is then reported to the State Fire Marshal's Office who compiles the data on a statewide basis and the collective data is published in an annual report by the Oregon State Fire Marshal. Fire Prevention personnel work closely with local and state law enforcement personnel to solve and prepare criminal cases against persons that commit crimes using fire.
- Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention: Fire Prevention personnel work closely with local juvenile authorities and local law enforcement personnel to provide intervention services involving juveniles misusing fire. Fire Prevention personnel are trained and certified by the State Fire Marshal to work with juveniles to promote positive behavioral changes in youth that are known to have started fires.
- Public Education: Fire Prevention provides fire safety education to citizens through the schools, press releases, media interviews and special events. Two of the major annual special events are provided during the Klamath County Fair and an annual "open house". The open house is held annually at one of the District's fire stations during Fire Prevention Week, the second week of October. Interactive activities and demonstrations are included in these special events that are well attended by the public. For detailed information on these services and more, click here.
- Fire Safety Inspections: Fire Prevention conduct fire safety inspections of existing buildings for the enforcement of the Oregon Fire Code, as adopted by the Oregon State Fire Marshal. The purpose of these inspections is to reduce or eliminate conditions that could cause a fire, or increase the severity of a fire, and to prevent the loss of property, life loss or injury from fire. Additionally, the specific information gathered from these inspections, regarding the building construction and materials within the building, is used to promote the safety of our Firefighters by informing them of specific safety hazards that they may encounter during a fire in the subject building.
- Plan Review: Fire Prevention review plans related to land use applications and provide input to the City of Klamath Falls and Klamath County Planning Departments regarding the Oregon Fire Code requirements for fire apparatus access and water supplies for firefighting purposes. Fire Investigation. Data is gathered regarding the original cause and circumstances of fires that is reported to the State Fire Marshal’s Office who compiles the data on a statewide basis and the collective data is published in an annual report by the Oregon State Fire Marshal. Fire Prevention personnel work closely with local and state law enforcement personnel to solve and prepare criminal cases against persons that commit crimes of arson and reckless burning. The Fire Marshal or one of the Deputy Fire Marshals are “on call” twenty-four (24) hours a day, every day, to investigate fires in addition to working a minimum forty (40) hour work week.