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How the Fire District is Operated

Chartered in 1955 by the people of Lewis County, Newaukum Valley Fire & Rescue is a public entity established under Title 52 of Washington Revised Code (RCW) to provide fire protection in the area designated Lewis County Fire District 5. Owned and operated by the citizens that it serves, an elected Board of Commissioners oversees and directs the organization to best meet the medical and fire emergency response needs of the community.

To achieve this goal, the Chief of the District is appointed by and works at the direction of the Board of Commissioners. The Chief of the District carries out the strategy set forth by the Board of Commissioners and is the ultimate authority in the chain of command, a system of authority that governs the heirarchy of subordinate members. Second in command is the Assistant Chief / Chief of Operations, who works in concert with and at the direction of the Chief of the District to assist in administrative tasks and provides general oversite and specific direction of District operations. The Captain position carries out the day-to-day operational objectives set forth by the Chief of Operations, makes recommendations to superiors, and provides on-scene leadership and management. General members of the District work under the chain of command to ensure that tasks as assigned are carried out. In addition to their administrative duties, all officer positions are response personnel.

The following leadership structure ensures that the operations of the District are carried out effectively.

Ancillary positions include the Secretary of the District, the Public Information Officer (PIO), the Training Officer, and the Safety Officer.

Know your role. Attend the meetings.

Board of Commissioners Meetings:
Where: 115 E. WA St, Napavine
When: Second Thursday of every month, 7:00 PM