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Stearns takes reins as interim chief

Washington County Fire District 2 will search for leader


Washington County Fire District 2 has named Jim Stearns to serve as interim fire chief. Stearns has been on the job since March 1.

Since the recent expiration of a two-year contract with Hillsboro Fire Department for administrative oversight and operational supervision, Stearns was brought on board to serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement is found.

Stearns is a retired chief from Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services in Hermiston and will serve under contract with Special Districts Association of Oregon.

Washington County Fire District 2 has 13 paid firefighters and 20 volunteers who serve at the district’s two fire stations located in North Plains and Midway.

Local firefighters respond to about 1,200 emergency calls each year.

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