Fire Chief Steve Wright

Fire Chief Steve Wright has lived and worked in Kitsap County for the past twenty nine years. Hired by then Kitsap County Fire District 7 in 1986 as a Firefighter/EMT, he has promoted through the organization to the position of Fire Chief on January 1st 2014. Steve worked as a Firefighter for three and a half years before promoting to Lieutenant in 1990, a position he filled for fourteen years. Promoted to Battalion Chief in 2004, he served as the district Medical Officer on the administrative staff for one year before being transferred back to the line as a shift battalion chief for three years. He was appointed to Deputy Chief in July 2008 and Fire Chief in January of 2014.
Over his fire service career Steve has continually worked to improve himself in service to the citizens and members of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. His education includes an Associate of Arts and Science Degree from Pierce College, a Bachelors of Science Degree in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University, and an Associate in Technical Arts Degree in Fire Command Administration from Olympic College in Bremerton. Steve has attended a number of National Fire Academy courses and in 2013 completed the four year Executive Fire Officer Program at their campus in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was a recipient of the Outstanding Research Award from the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Academy for his 2011 applied research project. Chief Wright has also received his Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and serves as a board member for the Washington Fire Chiefs Association.
Steve built a home for his family in Olalla where he and his wife Katie and their four children have lived since 1992. An outdoor enthusiast who loves both the mountains and Puget Sound, Kitsap County has been the perfect match for a place to work and live. A lifelong Boy Scout and Eagle Scout, Steve remains an active supporter of Scouting in Kitsap County.

Deputy Chief Guy Dalrymple

Deputy Chief Guy Dalrymple has been in the Fire Service since 1990. Starting as a Resident Firefighter with then Kitsap County Fire District 7, he was hired by the City of SeaTac Fire Department in 1991 as a Firefighter/EMT. In 1995 he returned to Kitsap County as a Lieutenant to assist in establishing the fire stations in Banner and Glenwood. He was later promoted to the rank Battalion Chief in 2008 with primary responsibility for Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials response, and Fire Apparatus.  Chief Dalrymple was appointed to the position of Deputy Chief in January of 2014.

Chief Dalrymple has been in public service all of his adult life. First serving in the Army reserves, he then served six years in the Navy attaining the rank of Petty Officer First Class onboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz CVN-68. Chief Dalrymple holds an Associates of Science Degree in Fire Command Administration from Bellevue College and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Eastern Oregon University, along with undergraduate studies in Bio-Chemistry and Law Enforcement.  Chief Dalrymple has attended numerous classes at the National Fire Academy and is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program.

Chief Dalrymple has lived in Southern California and Ontario Canada, but chose to make the Pacific Northwest his home in 1987.  He and his wife Mary have been married since 1993 and have two children, Kyle and Kelsey.  Chief Dalrymple has been active in his community for many years through various local and church leadership and service ministries including serving on a local school board and the National Ski Patrol at Snoqualmie Pass.  Chief Dalrymple and his wife enjoy the beauty of the outdoors as well as listening to the wonderful music performed by their two talented children.

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Division Chief Jeff Faucett

Division Chief Jeff Faucett has a long history with South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. Inspired by his father’s thirty-four year fire service career, Jeff worked on fulfilling his lifelong goal to be a firefighter. Beginning in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter with Fire District 7, his hard work and diligence earned him a position as a career firefighter in 1998 with South Kitsap Fire & Rescue where he promoted to Lieutenant in 2005, Battalion Chief of A-Shift in 2014, and now Division Chief.

Jeff graduated from the Washington State Fire Academy in 1995. He earned his Associates Degree in Fire Science in 2004 and a Bachelors of Fire Administration in 2010. Jeff was awarded the esteemed Fire Officer Designation for the Commission on Public Safety Excellence in 2013 and will be pursuing his Chief Fire Officers Designation in 2016. During his career he has served as the Vice President and Treasurer for South Kitsap Professional Firefighters, Local 2876. Jeff is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. In addition, DC Faucett has attended several classes at the National Fire Academy. He serves on several committees, manages many projects, and assists where he is needed.

Off duty, DC Faucett spends his time with his wife Fawnda and their three children. His family enjoys their church, their community, their friends, and traveling. DC Faucett is committed to technology in the Fire Service and works to integrate technology for today’s Fire Service. He is very committed to South Kitsap Fire and Rescue’s employees while mentoring the next generation of the fire service through this leadership.

DC Faucett is currently responsible for the EMS Division, Community Risk Reduction including Prevention and Public Education, Fleet Services, the Technology Services, and Ambulance Billing. He also works closely with the districts chaplains and grant writing teams.

Division Chief Doug Richards

Battalion Chief Doug Richards has lived and worked in Kitsap County for the past 30 years. Doug grew up in Port Orchard, graduated South Kitsap High in 1987 and joined the Navy serving on the USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf until 1990. In 1991 after leaving the Navy Doug became a firefighter at the City of SeaTac Fire Department where he spent the next five years. In 1995 Doug took a lateral promotion and joined Kitsap Fire 7 as a Lieutenant. After serving 13 years as a lieutenant, Doug was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2008 and currently serves as the Department Training/Safety Officer and Accreditation Manager.

Doug has continued preparing himself for his future by attaining an Associates Degree from Olympic Community College in 1995, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Eastern Oregon University in Fire Services Administration, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Human Resources and Business at Amberton University. Doug is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing through the Center of Public Safety Excellence.  Doug has also completed the Management Science curriculum at the National Fire Academy. In addition to education Doug has had the pleasure of serving in the Firefighter’s union as President, and Vice president and is the current past-president of the Battalion Chief’s union.

Doug currently resides in the Olalla community with his high school sweetheart, Whitney, and three of their four children Delainie, Rebekah and Sam. Doug and Whitney are happy new grandparents by their daughter Mackenzie and son-in-law Caleb. Doug loves to travel and has been to China over 14 times doing missionary work and serves as the current president of the non-profit organization Adonai Harvest.

 

A-Shift Battalion Chief Mike Wernet

Battalion Chief Mike Wernet has spent most of his life living in and being an active part of the South Kitsap Community. He built two homes and raised his family in South Kitsap. Mike is married with three children and a granddaughter. A 1980 graduate of South Kitsap High School, he started in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter with the Port Orchard Fire Department in 1979 while still in high school. In 1980 he became a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician with Kitsap County Fire District #7. Mike comes from a fire family, his dad is a retired Assistant Chief, his brother is the Assistant Chief with the Diablo Canyon Fire Department in California and his son is a volunteer firefighter with South Kitsap.

In 1983 Mike began his career in the fire service as the first paid firefighter hired by North Kitsap Fire & Rescue in Kingston. Two years later he was hired by and returned to South Kitsap. Mike has spent over 30 years serving the citizens of South Kitsap, first as a volunteer and past 28 years as a career firefighter. In 1988 Mike was promoted to Lieutenant and in 1996 he was promoted as the first Shift Battalion Chief, a role he filled until 2006. At that time, Mike was transferred to a day time Battalion Chief where he now fills the role of the District’s Medical Officer. Mike also oversees the Chaplains, Automotive, Facilities and Public Education divisions. He is also a member of the South Kitsap Athletic Medicine Career & Technical Education Committee, The Whole Child-Whole Community Committee and Safe Kids Kitsap.

Mike is the current President of the Kitsap County Medical Operations Committee and serves on the Northwest Regional and Kitsap County EMS Councils. He is the current President of the South Kitsap Fire Chiefs Local and has also served as the President of the South Kitsap Firefighters Local, the second vice-president of the Kitsap County Professional Firefighters Local. Mike is a graduate of Leadership Kitsap 2013 and is working to complete his Associates of Arts Degree at Bates Technical College. When not dedicating his time to the fire service he enjoys spending time with his family, quading, softball and soccer.

 

B-Shift Battalion Chief Ron Powers

Battalion Chief Ron Powers started with Graham Fire and Rescue in 1988 and transferred to SKFR as a lieutenant in 1995. After spending 17 years as a line responder, he was promoted to battalion chief. BC Powers has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Command Administration from Eastern Oregon University, a Master’s Degree in Leadership through Embry Riddle, and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Communications through Liberty University. In addition, he has achieved the Chief Training Officer (CTO) & Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designators through CPSE. As a student of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy, he has published two applied research projects with academic honors, including ground breaking research on elevated cancer rates in children of firefighters.

He currently works as an adjunct instructor with EOU and approved to teach fire officer and instructor courses through the WSP-State Fire Marshal’s office. His organizational, management and leadership skills are assets that he brings to SKFR as he attempts to add value to all aspects of our service delivery both internally and externally.

BC Powers has worked as the local union president or on the executive board of the IAFF for a large portion of his career. Volunteer service has included active membership on the KC DEM Christian Medical Response Team, a mentor with the Kitsap County Juvenile Court System, as well as various other activities that support the local community. During non-work hours BC Powers can often be found serving as a wrestling coach with Gig Harbor High School, Goodman Middle School, running club activities or attending camps to support the programs.

C-Shift Battalion Chief Jon Gudmundsen

Battalion Chief Jon Gudmundsen started in the Fire Service in 1988, volunteering with the Fire Department in his hometown of Grays River, Wa. In 1989 he enrolled in the Fire Service Training Program at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wa and also became a Resident Firefighter/EMT with then Kitsap County Fire District 7. In 1990 he graduated from Bates and was hired as a career Firefighter/EMT by Kitsap County Fire District 7 in 1991.

Since his initial employment with South Kitsap Fire & Rescue, BC Gudmundsen has filled the role of Resident Firefighter, Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and was promoted to Battalion Chief in May 2009. During his career BC Gudmundsen has committed himself to numerous roles, committees, and needs of the organization. In 2008 he was awarded the South Kitsap Fire & Rescue ‘Officer of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Member of the Year’. Currently BC Gudmundsen holds an AA in Fire Science and in the fall of 2010 will continue to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Fire Command and Administration through Eastern Oregon University.

In his off-duty time BC Gudmundsen enjoys spending time with his wife Stephanie and their three children, participating in various sporting and outdoor recreational activities, coaching youth sports, and tending to his farm in SW Washington. Professionally he is very committed to South Kitsap Fire & Rescue’s mission of providing excellent emergency and non-emergency service to the community of South Kitsap and challenging himself to be a leader, mentor, and visionary within the organization.