Longview Fire Announces the Retirement of Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor (Photo)
Battalion Chief Kevin Taylor has announced his retirement from Longview Fire. On Wednesday May 18, 2016 Kevin will work his last 24 hour-shift, after faithfully serving with The City of Longview Fire Department for the last 12 years. This puts closure to more than three decades of dedicated service.
Kevin's interest in the fire service started at the age of 18, when he joined his neighboring department as a volunteer firefighter. In 1984 Kevin was hired as a career firefighter for Snohomish County Fire District 11. Through a few career jumps, Kevin also served with Eastside Fire Rescue, The City of Edmonds, and a stint with the US Department of Homeland Security before landing in Longview.
Throughout his career he has served a variety of positions including Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Training Officer, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and as a Homeland Security Consultant. He has also held several positions with the International Association of Firefighters including secretary treasurer, Vice President, and President of his represented local. Chief Taylor holds two Associates Degrees and a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Kevin was hired in Longview as a Battalion Chief in 2004
Chief Taylor reflects on his career, "I entered the volunteer fire service at age 18. When I was sent into my first interior fire as part of my volunteer recruit school, I fell in love with firefighting. Eventually, I looked upon it as a career rather than a hobby, and began testing. I became a career firefighter and have never looked back. It has been an amazing and wonderful career, and I am grateful that I've had the opportunity to serve." Chief Taylor exits the fire service with 6 years as a volunteer and 32 as a career firefighter at various ranks.
Within Chief Taylors first three weeks working for Longview Fire he commanded his first major event, a 2nd alarm control room fire at Weyerhaeuser. Through his career he has managed multiple major incidents including a maritime rescue off the Tugboat "Triton", a 3rd alarm fire a Paper Machine 7 at Longview Fibre, a 2nd alarm fire in downtown Kalama, a 3rd alarm fire at Pac Fibre, and a significant fire at Northwest Hardwoods. Kevin also served as the initial Incident Commander for the 2014 Longview Tornado.
Fire Chief Phil Jurmu describes Chief Taylor's retirement as "Bittersweet". "Kevin is one of those employees who truly loves his job. He brought his passion for the fire service to Longview, and performed at a high level. Kevin has always put the fire department and our community first... and has always served with diligence and honor."
Kevin was recently married to Julie Maloney and plans on initially residing in Camas, WA raising her teenage son Brad. He also has two adult daughters, Lacey Taylor and Lindsey Jangaard-Taylor, who live in the Seattle area. Kevin and Julie plan on relocating to Seattle in the near future. Kevin is also the owner/ designer/ and founder of Birch Street Uptown Lounge in Camas, specializing in vintage cocktails and live music.
We at Longview Fire thank Chief Kevin Taylor for his contributions and wish him and Julie the happiest, healthiest, and safest of retirements. Congratulations on a Job Well Done!