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Columbia River Fire and Rescue plans to hire new division chief in near future

Discussions about recruiting a third chief are also on the table

The Columbia River Fire and Rescue board of directors scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Feb. 25, to discuss changes for the job requirements of division chief.

The board is beginning the recruitment process to hire a replacement for the position vacated by Ron Youngberg in January.

Fire Chief Jay Tappan and Mark Kreutzer, CRFR board president, said the board and CRFR administrative staff have been discussing the possibility of recruiting two division chiefs, but have not made a decision yet.

The division chief duties are generally split amongst the chiefs, but currently some of those duties rotate between chiefs in St. Helens and Scappoose, Tappan said. The possibility of hiring a third division chief would help even out the workload for each person.

“This hiring is actually a new initiative driven primarily by the recent retirement of DC Youngberg, but we have needed a third DC for some time now,” Tappan said in an email.

Tappan also explained that a third division chief could help fill in the duties of fire marshall, something Tappan is currently doing himself.

The board was scheduled to discuss the issue during Thursday’s special meeting. The board approved the hiring of a division chief during their regular meeting Tuesday, Feb. 9.