MEET THE TEAM

Meet the team! West Thurston Fire is a combination fire department south of Olympia consisting of 100 career and volunteer staff members. Ranging from Support to Firefighter/EMTs, our diverse staff is ready to respond and serve their community in a variety of ways.

governing board

BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS - WEST THURSTON

Meets on second Monday of every month @ 6:00PM 

Meeting locations will be rotated each month from the  Littlerock and  Grand Mound Stations. See resolution below for more info. 

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Regularly Scheduled Board Meetings 2018-002

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BEN ELKINS

commissioner

Jeff jernigan

commissioner

John ricks

commissioner

thomas culleton

commissioner

calvin dahl

commissioner

dave pethia

commissioner

governing board

BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS - WEST THURSTON

Meets on second Monday of every month @ 17:00 hours

MEET THE CHIEFS

ADMINISTRATIVE & OPERATIONS BOARD

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fire chief

Russ Kaleiwahea

Russ Kaleiwahea, Fire Chief of West Thurston Regional Fire Authority joined Thurston County Fire District No. 11 as Fire Chief in 2002 following a fourteen year emergency service career as an emergency medical technician-paramedic-firefighter. Russ served as Paramedic- Firefighter & Lieutenant at TCFD2 and Paramedic- Captain at TCFD14. Prior to his fire service career Russ worked in private industry as a Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician. In 1988 while working in an engineering capacity in the mining industry, Russ started pursuing his goal to serve as a paramedic by volunteering with one of the first surface mining rescue teams in the nation.

For over twenty years Chief Kaleiwahea has advocated for public education, and childhood injury prevention. As a child injury prevention specialist early in his career Russ recognized that often, the only opportunity emergency services personnel have to save one’s life is by preventing the incident from occurring, with this understanding Chief Kaleiwahea developed a child and adolescent trauma/ injury prevention program that is credited with educating thousands of children in the region. The Chief is a principal conceptual designer of an emergency crisis software program developed as a result of the Columbine, CO school shootings. The Program is widely used in K-12 schools throughout the United States.

The Chief is a former member of WREMS Injury prevention committee, SAFE Kids, Thurston County Medic One Operations committee, and Vice President Thurston County Chief’s Association, current Member of Washington State and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Chief Kaleiwahea attended Brescia University, Madisonville- University of Kentucky Branch Campus, and Tacoma Community College where he earned his Paramedic degree in 1990-91. Russ holds numerous certifications from the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and the National Fire Academy.

In his spare time Russ enjoys life with his family including his wife of thirty years, four children and four grandchildren. Russ has a passion for boating, fishing, cooking, sports and coaching little league baseball and football

Robert joined the fire service in 1986, becoming a member of the Grand Mound Fire Department – District #14 at the age of 16. In 1989, he was hired as a Public Safety Telecommunicator with Thurston County 911 where he worked for 11 years. While with Fire District #14 he held the rank of firefighter, Lieutenant, Battalion Chief and served as the department’s training officer.

Robert has also worked for American Medical Response, the Department of Natural Resources and the State Fire Academy in North Bend. In May of 2000, Robert was hired as the Fire Chief by Thurston County Fire District #1 in Rochester. In the position of Fire Chief he successfully merged District #14 into District #1 in 2002, and helped create the fire based BLS transport program for the area.

In 2008, he began working on the regional fire authority program with Fire District #11. During 2007, he was a part of the planning and implementation team that resulted in the successful bond vote that provided for a new firehouse for District #1, as well as being a part of the successful regional fire authority vote in 2009.

The development of an emergency communication and coordination center in the new firehouse to handle local and regional disasters such as windstorms, snow and ice and flooding events, was a result of his planning. Robert holds numerous certifications for the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and the National Fire Academy, as well as other State levels, and is also a member of Region 3 FEMA, Type 3 Incident Management Team.

OPERATIONS CHIEF

Robert Scott

ALL STAFF MEMBERS

ADMINISTRATION, UNION &  VOLUNTEERS FIREFIGHTERS

ADMINISTRATION

CHIEF OFFICERS, TRAINING, AND ADMIN STAFF

Russ Kaleiwahea
Russ Kaleiwahea

Fire Chief

Robert Scott
Robert Scott

Operations Chief

Lanette Dyer
Lanette Dyer

Capt, EMS Officer/PIO

Rob Smith
Rob Smith

Operations Chief/ Training Officer

Shea, Linda
Shea, Linda

District Accountant/Secretary

Linda Patraca
Linda Patraca

Admin Assistant

CAREER STAFF

OFFICERS & UNION FIREFIGHTER/ EMT'S 

Stone, Roger
Stone, Roger

Battalion Chief

Christenson, Brian
Christenson, Brian

Captain Shift Officer

Smith, Eric
Smith, Eric

Captain Shift Officer

Swecker, Joel
Swecker, Joel

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT- Safety Officer

Lyon, Colby
Lyon, Colby

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

Garza, Isaac
Garza, Isaac

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

Morales,Mike
Morales,Mike

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

Betts, Brandon
Betts, Brandon

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

Drake, Nathan
Drake, Nathan

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

Bennett, Matt
Bennett, Matt

Firefighter/EMT

Cooke,Hans
Cooke,Hans

Firefighter/EMT

Devert, Brent
Devert, Brent

Firefighter/EMT

Sexton, Thomas
Sexton, Thomas

Firefighter/EMT

Hall, Aaron
Hall, Aaron

Firefighter/EMT

Howe, Joshua
Howe, Joshua

Firefighter/EMT

Kaleiwahea, Blake
Kaleiwahea, Blake

Firefighter/EMT

Kondrack, Andrew
Kondrack, Andrew

Firefighter/EMT

Miller, Devyn
Miller, Devyn

Firefighter/EMT

Palmerson, Erik
Palmerson, Erik

Firefighter/EMT

Panuska, Miranda
Panuska, Miranda

Firefighter/EMT

Parker, Greg
Parker, Greg

Firefighter/EMT

Peoples, Mike
Peoples, Mike

Firefighter/EMT

Santee,Ricardo
Santee,Ricardo

Firefighter/EMT

Singleton,Ed
Singleton,Ed

Firefighter/EMT

Trautman,Alex
Trautman,Alex

Firefighter/EMT

Trott, Thomas
Trott, Thomas

Firefighter/EMT

Vavernic, Christian
Vavernic, Christian

Firefighter/EMT

Weinstein, Andrew
Weinstein, Andrew

Firefighter/EMT

White, Chris
White, Chris

Firefighter/EMT

Dean, Sarah
Dean, Sarah

Firefighter/EMT

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER/EMT STAFF

OFFICERS, FIREFIGHTERS/ EMTS, EMT'S, AND FIREFIGHTERS

Frasl, Ken
Frasl, Ken

Deputy Chief & Fire Investigator

Fitzgerald, Tom
Fitzgerald, Tom

Battalion Chief

Stone,Gary
Stone,Gary

Chief & Fire Investigator

Berryman, Tom
Berryman, Tom

Capt. Firefighter/EMT

Maser, Bob
Maser, Bob

Lt. Support & Fire Investigator

Tietzel, Steven
Tietzel, Steven

Lt. Firefighter/EMT

Brownell,Scott
Brownell,Scott

Firefighter/EMT

Broumley, Garrett
Broumley, Garrett

Firefighter/EMT

Douglass, Jeremy
Douglass, Jeremy

Firefighter/EMT

Gibson,Chelsea
Gibson,Chelsea

Firefighter/EMT

Goodwin,Kayden
Goodwin,Kayden

Firefighter/EMT

Hull, Nathan
Hull, Nathan

Firefighter/EMT

Matson, Collin
Matson, Collin

Firefighter/EMT

Means, Cameron
Means, Cameron

Firefighter/ EMT

Speigelberg,John
Speigelberg,John

Resident Firefighter/EMT

Linn, Catherine
Linn, Catherine

Firefighter

McGeary, Mike
McGeary, Mike

Firefighter

VOLUNTEER SUPPORT STAFF

CHAPLAINS,  REHAB TEAM, FIRETONES, ADMINISTRATIVE

 

Kochrain, Jeremy
Kochrain, Jeremy

Chaplain

Dreyer, Glenn
Dreyer, Glenn

Rehab Team

Manor,Kathy
Manor,Kathy

Rehab Team

Bennett, Katie
Bennett, Katie

Firetones

Frasl, Katy
Frasl, Katy

Firetones

Frasl, Terry
Frasl, Terry

Firetones

Frasl, Shelby
Frasl, Shelby
Stone, Kathy
Stone, Kathy

Fire Setters Coordinator/ Firetones

FIRE ACADEMY

WTRFA FIRE ACADEMY STUDENTS 

EMT CLASS

WTRFA EMT STUDENTS 

 

 

PREACADEMY CLASS

WTRFA'S NEW ADDITIONS