Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of both Volunteer Firefighters as well as career Fire Chiefs. Staffing is maintained at a minimum of 35 Firefighter/EMTs. Daily Staffing of Station 74 is a minimum of two personnel on duty at all times with a maximum of six. When staffing allows we will staff both a fire engine and a BLS aid unit.  Along with our fire apparatus, one command unit staffed by either a Chief Officer or Captain to act as our Battalion Chief / Duty Officer.

Fire Commissioners:
John Campbell     2018-2023
Peter Allison         2017-2022
Karen Megran      2014-2019

Command Staff:

Kira Thirkield
Interim Fire Chief  

Daniel Hugo                               Brent Dubay
Battalion Chief – Operations          Battalion Chief – Training/MSO

Riverside Fire & Rescue                      Riverside Fire & Rescue
Aaron Karejwa                                  Allen Putz
       Captain – OTEP Coordinator      Captain – B Team/Asst Training Officer 


Line Officer Staff:
  Steven Roberts 
– Lieutenant A Team/Equipment Officer
(F746) Greg Blaylock – Lieutenant C Team/ Assistant Equipment Officer
(F745)   Chris Leppell – Lieutenant D Team/Facilities Officer

Support Staff:
   Joe Rigney – Public Education Coordinator

Line Suppression Staff:

A Team:
Dominick Davis – Probationary Firefighter/EMT
Kieth Joseph – Firefighter/ Engineer
David Maniago – Firefighter/EMT
Hunter March – Probationary Firefighter/EMT
Patty Putz – Probationary Firefighter/EMT

Daniel Rodriguez – Probationary Firefighter

B Team:
Andrey Adespya – Firefighter/EMT
Jon Carter – Probationary Firefighter
Brett Chavez – Probationary Firefighter
Kayleigh McCoy – Firefighter/EMT

C Team:
Caitlyn Beatty – Probationary Firefighter/EMT
Michael Cramer – Firefighter/EMT
Kyle Hartley – Training Firefighter/Paramedic
Nick Lemoncelli- Firefighter
Shaun Mcgrath – Probationary Firefighter/EMT
Joe Rigney- Firefighter/EMT
Robert Stewart – Probationary Firefighter

D Team:
Scott Andreasen- Firefighter/EMT
Chance Bedwell – Training Firefighter
Richard Lundell – Firefighter/EMT
Chloe Read – Probationary Firefighter
Joseph Richards – Probationary Firefighter
David Smith- Probationary Firefighter/EMT
Nick Tippen- Firefighter/EMT

Line Firefighter Staff:

Our line staff is made up of firefighters who respond to your calls for service. Riverside firefighters are trained to the levels set forth by the Washington State Patrol and certified by The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress or IFSAC. Our firefighters are certified to the level of IFSAC Firefighter I and Firefighter II. These skills include fire suppression techniques, fire science and behavior, fire department ladder skills, and victim rescue tactics. All firefighters must pass an intensive training program including a 6 month firefighter training academy, as well as live fire training at the state fire academy located in North Bend. Once training is complete recruit firefighters attend a certification exam, this is both a thorough written exam as well as a practical exam of up to twelve skill tasks.

Along with firefighter certifications, our staff is also required to obtain and maintain a Washington State EMT-Basic or EMT-Paramedic certification. Once an EMT certification is obtained, personnel are then enrolled in a monthly EMS training program. This program consists of monthly training set forth by Pierce County EMS, and is a three year re-certification program.

Firefighters also maintain special operations certifications and training. Several of our firefighters are cross trained in swift water rescue, wildland firefighting, hazardous materials, and rope rescue. All of our firefighters are also required to obtain and maintain a Washington State emergency vehicle incident prevention (EVIP) qualification. The EVIP qualifies drivers of emergency vehicles. A 24 hour class is attended that includes classroom training, a vehicle familiarization course or rodeo, and a road drive test.

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