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Longtime volunteer and Madras native Brian Huff, 39, was selected last week -- and on the job this week -- as the new Jefferson County Fire Department chief.
Huff took over for Doug Dawson, of Prineville, who had served as interim chief since April, when the JCFD No. 1 Board of Directors appointed Dawson, a retired fire chief, to replace former chief Jay Olson.
For the past six years, Huff has worked as one of 14 deputy fire marshals for the Oregon Fire Marshal's Office, covering a seven-county area: Jefferson, Deschutes, Crook, Wasco, Sherman, Wheeler and Grant counties. He worked out of the Oregon State Police office in Madras on Highway 97 south.
As a deputy state fire marshal, Huff investigated fires, inspected buildings, helped fire districts with formation, and assisted with incident management for all hazards -- commercial, residential and wildland fires, as well as search and rescue.
A 1991 graduate of Madras High School, Huff -- whose father, Jerry, was once fire chief in Madras, and Warm Springs -- studied fire science at Central Oregon Community College, Portland Community College and Chemeketa Community College.
Huff began volunteering with the Jefferson County Fire Department in 1994, the same year he started working for the U.S. Forest Service on a wildland fire engine out of the Madras office.
From 2001 to 2004, he worked as a firefighter/medic at Warm Springs Fire and Safety, and then was hired in May 2004 as deputy fire marshal with Bend Fire and Rescue, where he remained until he was hired by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
"I love this community and this fire department and I feel like I have a lot to offer and can take it into the future," said Huff on Monday. "I'm excited about the future here."
Huff expects to work at obtaining new volunteers for the department. "We're very interested in keeping the volunteer force strong," he said.
Huff and his wife, Danielle, have two daughters, Faith, 4, and Eden, 2.