While its true that we need well positioned facilities and dependable apparatus to provide the best possible emergency services, we can’t fulfill our mission without people to do the work — work that includes much more than fighting fires or helping the injured and ill. NKF&R is a “combination” department. While some fire jurisdictions may rely solely on volunteer staff and others may operate with paid personnel alone, we provide our service with a mixture of paid, volunteer and volunteer-resident staff.
NKF&R’s 33 paid company officers, paramedics and firefighters are split into three shifts, arranged on the 48-hours-on/96-hours-off schedule. Each crew averages 56 hours on-duty per week. Every day, paid firefighters are working at each of the district’s four staffed stations. During their shift, crews do much more than answer alarms; they’re responsible for a host of other duties such as public education events, station maintenance, report writing, training, cleaning, pre-fire planning, hydrant maintenance, physical fitness training, special projects and more. NKF&R’s line personnel are represented by the International Association of Fire Firefighters, Local #2819. A staff medical-safety officer, the district’s shared facilities maintenance technician and three mechanics are also represented by IAFF Local #2819.
For more information about NKF&R’s bargaining unit, contact FF/PM Matt Thompson.
Although the numbers of volunteers have declined here as they have throughout the fire service, volunteer members who respond to incidents from their homes and businesses remain a vital component in our service delivery. Currently, NKF&R has about 8 active volunteers — and we’re always looking for more. If you’re interested in serving your community by supporting firefighting efforts, using emergency medical skills, helping out with office duties around the stations or teaching citizens how to avoid emergencies … or, you just want to know more about our volunteer program, contact our Volunteer Coordinator Doug Fischer or our training officer, Assistant Chief Sean Moran. You can also download and print an Application Packet and mail it to the training officer at 26642 Miller Bay Road NE in Kingston, Washington 98349.
The district’s well-respected volunteer-intern program, in operation since 1987, has provided nearly 170 aspiring fire service professionals with the experience and training to land paid careers in emergency services.
Prospective members must pass a typical fire service entry testing process including physical ability, written general knowledge and oral interview. Successful candidates receive training in emergency medical services, fire suppression, wildland firefighting and more. After achieving the qualifications and proficiency to do so, program participants volunteer to serve alongside our paid personnel as integral members of the response team. Learn more about the program by reading our Volunteer-Intern Brochure or by contacting our training officer, Assistant Chief Sean Moran. You can also download and print an Application Packet and mail it to the training officer at 26642 Miller Bay Road NE in Kingston, Washington 98349.
Leadership & Administration
Board of Fire Commissioners
NKF&R’s board is comprised of five commissioners. Members of the Board, acting as representatives of the public to oversee management of the fire district, are elected at-large to staggered six-year terms. Board members (with end-date of current term listed in parenthesis) are Gillian Gregory – Chairwoman (2021), Steve Neupert (2017), Wilson Stewart (2021), Fernando Espinosa (2017) and Patrick Pearson (2019).
To contact the entire board, send an e-mail to the board’s secretary, Cindy Moran.
For additional information about the Board of Fire Commissioners, board meetings, special meetings, agendas and minutes, follow this link to the Board’s page.
Chiefs and Other Staff
NKF&R’s Fire Chief, Dan Smith, reports to the Board of Fire Commissioners and is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the district. Assistant Chief Rick LaGrandeur is in charge of the district’s operations. Assistant Chief Sean Moran handles the district’s support services, including training. Administrative Assistant Cindy Moran acts as Secretary to the Board in addition to managing the department’s clerical personnel and functions such as accounts receivable/payable, payroll, reception and more. Michèle Laboda, Community Services Specialist, heads NKF&R’s non-emergent public services that include prevention, public education and public information. Kathy Todd and Rosemaria Ariwoola provide vital clerical and reception support.