Fred Hertel named fire chief in Dallas, Ore.

by: CONTRIBUTED - Retired Sandy Fire Chief Gary McQueen and Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey go way back. McQueen has been named Estacada's interim deputy fire chief.Estacada’s deputy fire chief of nine years, Fred Hertel, has accepted the fire chief position in Dallas, Ore.

Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey presented Hertel with a plaque during a farewell ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Retired Sandy Fire Chief Gary McQueen will serve as Estacada’s interim deputy fire chief until the position is permanently filled.

McQueen has worked in the fire service since 1976 when he joined Sandy High School’s firefighter club.

By age 18, McQueen was a volunteer firefighter.

He studied fire science at Chemeketa Community College. And Morrisey was also a student there at the time.

“Bob (Morrisey) and I have known each other quite a while,” he said.

In 1983, McQueen became a career firefighter for Lake Oswego, but continued as a volunteer firefighter with Sandy Fire.

He earned the rank of battalion chief in both departments.

McQueen became the Sandy Fire Chief in 2000 and remained in the position until he retired this March.

As fire chief of Sandy, a fire district that neighbors Estacada, McQueen has worked with the Estacada Fire District quite a bit.

“I’m fairly familiar with the community and the people that work here over the years,” McQueen said.

McQueen said that one of his “retirement goals” was to work for Life Flight.

He said that on the same day he got the offer to be Estacada’s interim fire chief, he also was offered a job with Life Flight.

McQueen will soon be a part-time flight paramedic with Life Flight out of the Pendleton base.

In July, McQueen will become President of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

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