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Kristan Maurer worked throughout her career preparing for the chance to be the Fire Chief.

At the Clark County Fire District 6 Board of Commissioners Meeting on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 that dream became a reality when the Board unanimously appointed her the next fire chief. “I wasn’t looking for any Fire Chief position, I was looking to become the Fire Chief of Clark County Fire District 6. This District has invested in me and I feel fortunate to return that investment.”

And for the last 20 years Chief Maurer has worked her way through the fire service ranks. Currently the Assistant Chief of Operations, Chief Maurer has an exhaustive list of administrative, operations, and community experience. From streamlining how we load fire hose on engines to planning the land acquisition and construction of new Station 63, Chief Maurer’s influence on District 6 is tangible.

Nationally there are only 50 women fire chiefs, 14,000 women firefighters, and only five percent of firefighters are women.

And Maurer has invested time in the classroom as well. She completed the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy, has a Bachelors’ Degree in Fire Service Administration, and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration. After serving as chief for a decade, Jerry Green will be retiring at the end of the year. “Chief Maurer is extremely intelligent and well-educated, and has worked her way up through the ranks during her 20+ years with the department,” says Green. “She will continue to bring great value to this department and citizens of the district and will be a strong leader. It is of great comfort and excitement to me personally that she will be taking over the reins following my retirement.”

Fire Chief Maurer will be entering a fire district facing numerous changes. 50% of its administrative staff is new. The Executive Board of the firefighter’s union is newly elected. As an entry-level firefighter Kristan has worked alongside many of the firefighters, and considers them the strength of the District. “We have great personnel, the size of our department is perfect to support change, and we have amazing community support.” As much time as the Fire Service can demand, Kristan is a firm believer in work-life balance. “You need to carve out time for family, carve out time for work, and carve out time for school,” she says. Maurer has two teenage children, and the fire service is a family affair. Her husband is an engineer at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.

Chiefs Green and Maurer will start an in-depth transition plan on September 1st and Maurer will officially become Fire Chief on January 1st.

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Want to be a Firefighter at District 6? Well, now is your chance! We’re hiring at least three firefighters to start in January or February of 2020. The deadline to apply is September 19th at 5 p.m.  To be eligible you’ll need to complete:
  1. Application and written test
  2. Physical abilities test
  3. EMT-B or EMT-P Certification
  4. Personal History Statement
  5. Series of other minimum qualifications
To get started follow these links to the testing site:
For FF/Paramedic click here  
For FF/EMT click here

What’s it like to work here? Well, watch the following video to get an idea of what we’re all about.


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We’re used to seeing boxes in our ready room. Doubling as a shipping and receiving room, the ready room is commonly the spot where stuff comes and goes. But it what was written on this bunch of boxes that caught the eye. Several big boxes were simply marked “Peru”.

With a little questioning this author learned the content of the boxes: Dozens of used sets of firefighting gear and District 6 T-shirts on its way to the small Southern American country. “Their firefighters have so very little,” says Firefighter Chris Bottomley. “That’s why we try to help out and send them gear we can no longer use.”

You see, firefighting gear has a shelf life determined by the National Fire Protection Association. After a certain amount of time the gear must be replaced. The used gear used to be thrown away, but in 2003 the Washington Legislature passed a bill that allowed donations of gear and apparatus to fire districts and departments outside of the state. “There are times when they have to fight fire without bunker gear,” Chris says. “In fact, sometimes one firefighter will go in to a fire wearing turnout pants and another will have on the turnout coat. It’s very dangerous.”

In fact, last March Peruvian firefighters battled a blaze that killed 20 people. In some rural districts the firehouses still have dirt floors, and good gear–even used–is hard to come by.

The Washington State Council of Firefighters has had a longstanding relationship with Peruvian firefighters, and some Districts, like Spokane, even donated fire engines, trucks, and ambulances. “Even though we can’t legally use the bunker gear anymore, it still has 20 years of life left,” says Chris. “And it makes us feel good to help those who are just trying to help other people.”

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On Saturday, May 4th members of the Clark County Technical Rescue Team was called in to a daring rescue attempt in the turbulent, icy-cold Washougal river. Before they arrived a Washougal Police officer and Firefighter from Camas/Washougal Fire were trying to hold a woman’s head above the rising waters. She and her partner had been rafting when their rafts overturned and she was trapped by rocks and debris in the fast-moving water. 

Through good fortune, constant training, and dogged determination rescuers were able to save 28-year-old . And on Tuesday, July 16th, Chief Kristan Maurer honored the TRT members who are members of Clark County Fire District 6. Here’s a short clip from KATU-TV regarding the ceremony: