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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 @ 5:00PM 

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

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Resolution #2022-006 Board Meetings

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BEN ELKINS

commissioner

Jeff jernigan

commissioner

John ricks

commissioner

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thomas culleton

commissioner

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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

Rob has been involved in the Fire Service in Thurston County for almost 20 years. He joined the former Fire District #11 Littlerock Fire Rescue in 2003 as a Volunteer, and in 2008 was hired as a Career Firefighter/EMT with West Thurston RFA. At that same time he assumed duties as the district Wildland Coordinator and Decontamination Unit Coordinator. Five years later in 2013, Rob was promoted to Lieutenant where he was also assigned to the district Safety Officer Position. Rob’s passion for education and training provided continued opportunities for advancement, and in 2016 he was promoted to Fire Training Captain where he assumed training responsibilities for WTRFA career and volunteer staff. Rob also served as Vice Chair of the Thurston County Training Officers for several years and led many county-wide training events during that time. In 2020, Rob was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations and Training and then elevated to Interim Fire Chief on July 1, 2022.  He was appointed as the Fire Chief on February 21, 2023.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University as well as several certifications in Fire Sciences. He completed the King County Officer Development Academy in 2016, holds numerous International Fire Service Accreditation Congress certifications, and has completed several National Fire Academy courses. Rob is a certified Blue Card Incident Commander, IFSAC evaluator and served as the Vice President of Southwest FOOLS International for several years.  He also recently received his accreditation as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) becoming one of only 1,764 CFOs worldwide.

 

Outside of work, Rob volunteers his time to participate as a live Fire Instructor at the Washington State Firefighters Association annual fire school in Wenatchee. He is married to his wife of 25 years and has two teenage boys. In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with family in the mountains or at the beach, supporting his favorite football and baseball teams, hiking, golfing, sharing an occasional shark dive experience with his youngest son, and shuttling the boys to baseball tournaments.

 

OPERATIONS CHIEF

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FIRE CHIEF
Rob Smith

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ALL STAFF MEMBERS

ADMINISTRATION, UNION &  VOLUNTEERS FIREFIGHTERS

ADMINISTRATION

CHIEF OFFICERS, TRAINING, AND ADMIN STAFF

Rob Smith
Rob Smith

Fire Chief

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Lanette Dyer
Lanette Dyer

Capt, EMS Officer/PIO

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Shea, Linda
Shea, Linda

District Accountant/Secretary

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Linda Patraca
Linda Patraca

Admin Assistant

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Shannon Hemminger
Shannon Hemminger

Admin Svcs Director (in-training)

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CAREER STAFF

OFFICERS & UNION FIREFIGHTER/ EMT'S 

Stone, Roger
Stone, Roger

Battalion Chief

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Christenson, Brian
Christenson, Brian

Captain Shift Officer

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Smith, Eric
Smith, Eric

Captain Shift Officer

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Drake, Nathan
Drake, Nathan

Training Captain

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Betts, Brandon
Betts, Brandon

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

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Garza, Isaac
Garza, Isaac

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

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Lyon, Colby
Lyon, Colby

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

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Morales,Mike
Morales,Mike

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

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Palmerson, Erik
Palmerson, Erik

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT

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Swecker, Joel
Swecker, Joel

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT- Safety Officer

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Bennett, Matt
Bennett, Matt

Firefighter/EMT

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Cooke,Hans
Cooke,Hans

Firefighter/EMT

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Dean, Sarah
Dean, Sarah

Firefighter/EMT

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Devert, Brent
Devert, Brent

Firefighter/EMT

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Hall, Aaron
Hall, Aaron

Firefighter/EMT

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Howe, Joshua
Howe, Joshua

Firefighter/EMT

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Hull, Nathan
Hull, Nathan

Firefighter/EMT

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Kaleiwahea, Blake
Kaleiwahea, Blake

Firefighter/EMT

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Kondrack, Andrew
Kondrack, Andrew

Firefighter/EMT

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Collin Matson
Collin Matson
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Miller, Devyn
Miller, Devyn

Firefighter/EMT

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Parker, Greg
Parker, Greg

Firefighter/EMT

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Santee,Ricardo
Santee,Ricardo

Firefighter/EMT

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Sexton, Thomas
Sexton, Thomas

Firefighter/EMT

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Singleton,Ed
Singleton,Ed

Firefighter/EMT

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Trautman,Alex
Trautman,Alex

Firefighter/EMT

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Trott, Thomas
Trott, Thomas

Firefighter/EMT

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White, Chris
White, Chris

Firefighter/EMT

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VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER/EMT STAFF

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

Frasl, Ken
Frasl, Ken

Deputy Chief & Fire Investigator

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Fitzgerald, Tom
Fitzgerald, Tom

Battalion Chief

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Berryman, Tom
Berryman, Tom

Capt. Firefighter/EMT

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Tietzel, Steven
Tietzel, Steven

Lt. Firefighter/EMT

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Brownell,Scott
Brownell,Scott

Firefighter/EMT

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Douglass, Jeremy
Douglass, Jeremy

Firefighter/EMT

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Speigelberg,John
Speigelberg,John

Resident Firefighter/EMT

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Linn, Catherine
Linn, Catherine

Firefighter

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McGeary, Mike
McGeary, Mike

Firefighter

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Tim Fox
Tim Fox
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Jon Cookston
Jon Cookston
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Jacob Nelson
Jacob Nelson
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Arroyo-Lopez,Ron
Arroyo-Lopez,Ron
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Means, Cameron
Means, Cameron
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VOLUNTEER SUPPORT STAFF

CHAPLAINS,  REHAB TEAM, FIRETONES, ADMINISTRATIVE

 

Dreyer, Glenn
Dreyer, Glenn

Rehab Team

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Manor,Kathy
Manor,Kathy

Rehab Team

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Bennett, Katie
Bennett, Katie

Firetones

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Frasl, Katy
Frasl, Katy

Firetones

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Frasl, Terry
Frasl, Terry

Firetones

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Vaughn, Tiea
Vaughn, Tiea

Rehab

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Dobson, Tammy
Dobson, Tammy

Rehab

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Aguon, Lonnie
Aguon, Lonnie

Rehab

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FIRE ACADEMY

WTRFA FIRE ACADEMY STUDENTS 

Glenn Garrett

Arthur Harding

Dustin Davis 

EMT CLASS

WTRFA EMT STUDENTS 

Kaitlyn Skrei

 

 

PREACADEMY CLASS

WTRFA'S NEW ADDITIONS

Grace Blocher

Brian Fagerness

Brian Marty

 

 

 

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