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Fire District 3 Responds to California Fires (Photo) - 10/13/17

Fire District 3 has sent an engine to respond the fires in Northern California after a request for assistance was initiated by the State of California for 50 engines from Washington State. Fire District 3 Firefighters Joe Stiffler, Des Gomez, Charlie Campbell, and Rob Moon responded. The team with resources from Fire District 3 and with Cowlitz County departed on Friday afternoon October 13th. The team could be gone for up to 18 days for this assignment. All costs are reimbursed including equipment, personnel, and backfill through an intergovernmental agreement with the State of California.

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Scott Sorenson Chosen as Next Fire District 3 Fire Chief (Photo) - 09/27/17

The Fire District 3 Board of Fire Commissioners has selected a new Fire Chief to replace Fire Chief Steve Wrightson who retires in November. Assistant Chief Scott Sorenson was selected from a number of regional applicants for the position.

Chief Sorenson began his fire service career in 1979 as a volunteer with Fire District 3. Hired full-time in 1982, he served as a career Firefighter/EMT, Lieutenant, Captain, Division Chief, Deputy Chief, and Assistant Chief. He also served as an EMT (North Country EMS), Firefighter (Clark County Fire District 10) and Wildland Firefighter (Washington Department of Natural Resources).

Chief Sorenson holds a Masters of Science in Management and Organizational Leadership (Warner Pacific College), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Warner Pacific College), and an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology (Portland Community College). He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Sorenson is a 1980 graduate of Battle Ground High School.

Chief Sorenson is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs, and the Clark County Fire Chiefs Association Operations Division. He has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Portland Community College and Operations Section Chief on Washington Incident Management Teams.

Chief Sorenson is married and has three children. The family resides in Venersborg.

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