Dustin Morrow- Fire Chief
Key Peninsula Community Members,
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Fire Chief here at Pierce County Fire Protection District No.16. After years of living and working in Oregon, I specifically wanted to get back to a rural lifestyle, and affiliate with a smaller fire service organization. I am grateful that it was the Key Peninsula that presented with this wonderful opportunity. I came to the Key Peninsula, and to its Fire Department, to make a difference….for our Firefighters and for the community.
I started my fire service journey in 1986 with the Sunriver Fire Department as a Volunteer Firefighter and finished my Oregon fire service career in 2016 as the Deputy Fire Chief with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue. Along this journey I also made stops with the Rosemont Rural Fire Protection District and the City of West Linn Fire Department. The 30 year span went by quick. Fortunately, I started very early in the fire service which allows me to continue on with the great organization I am with today.
I have taken steps to make sure that I have a broad mix of experiences, certifications and education, including an Associates Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and I am very close to having my Masters Degree in Leadership. Ironically, after being a Paramedic for over 20 years, I find myself needing to go back to school to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. This will allow me to compliment the crews when they need another set of hands on emergency medical incidents.
I have also made sure that I have a broad professional network, both in and out of the fire service, so that I can stay current with industry mandates and trends. I am a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs - Western Division, Washington Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Fire Department Safety Officers Association, Government Finance Officers Association, and the Washington Urban and Regional Information System Association.
Not only will I live locally here on the Key Peninsula, but I will be active in the community. I have joined the Longbranch Improvement Club, am an active participant through the District with the Key Peninsula Business Association and am a member of the Key Peninsula Toastmasters. Not only will you see me interacting and giving back to the community, but you will see my wife and boys doing the same.
I have many plans for the Fire District and will be sharing those in the coming months. For now, I will continue to emphasize the safety, performance, professionalism and service aspects of the District’s existing culture.