Fire District 6 was established in 1954 by a vote of the citizens of the community. It is governed by three elected Fire Commissioners who serve staggered six year terms. Commissioners must live within the boundaries of Fire District 6.
Commissioner Bloemke was an active volunteer firefighter and Captain with the District for over 36 years. In addition to in-house training, he completed numerous courses in officer development, the Incident Command System, hazardous materials incident operations and others through the State Command and Fire Schools.
He was honored on five occasions as the recipient of the Volunteer Officer of the Year award in 1986, 1987, 1991, 1993 and 2001. During his tenure as a volunteer, he regularly attended all Board meetings, workshops and strategic planning retreats. He also participated as a member of a number of Fire District boards and committees, including safety, apparatus, training and the Local Board for Volunteer Firefighters.
He has served on a number of citizen committees formed to organize campaigns for levy requests. He has spent hundreds of hours of his own time representing the District at parades and open house events.
He served many years as President of the Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, helping to organize and direct fundraising events, musters, training events, picnics, dances and banquets for all District personnel
Commissioner Bloemke served in the Facilities Maintenance Division at the District from 2001-2007. In 2005, he received the Chief’s Award for Professionalism and Service and an Appreciation Award from the Firefighter’s union.
In 2013, he was elected to a six-year term.
Casey Collins was appointed to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners for Clark County Fire District 6 in October 2002 to fill a position vacancy. Citizens elected Mr. Collins to a 6 year term in 2003. Mr. Collins was again elected to a 6 year term beginning January 2016.
Brad Lothspeich was appointed to the Board on May 16, 2011 to fill a vacancy. In the November 2011 General Election, he was elected to a full six-year term.
Commissioner Lothspeich is a lifelong resident of the area. He served as Fire District 6 Fire Chief from 1994-2003; Assistant Fire Chief from 1991-1994. From 1974-1991 he served as a firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief. Lothspeich retired in 2003 and now works as a broker/realtor for Real Living the Real Estate Group. He volunteers with a number of community groups in a variety of capacities: a Board Director for the Hazel Dell/Salmon Creek Business Association and co-chairman of the Parade of Bands; He serves on the Board of Directors for Santa's Posse and the Facilities Committee with IQ Credit Union. He was recently elected as Secretary/Treasurer of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association.
Commissioner Lothspeich holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration/Personnel Management from Eastern Washington University and an AAS Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Portland Community College.