Jackson County Fire District No. 3 will soon have two new employees filling two key vacancies.
Already on board is John Patterson. He has been hired as Deputy Fire Marshal. Don Hickman retired as Deputy Fire Marshal earlier this year. He is now doing some public relations work for the department on a part-time basis.
The other new hire is Jeff Bontemps. He will be the Operations Chief. Bontemps was one of 54 applicants.
Bontemps comes to District 3 after spending six years with the Bend, Oregon department where he was the Deputy Chief of Support Services for three years and prior to that spent three years at Bend as Training and Safety Chief.
Thirty of his 36 years in the firefighting business was with the Lakewood Fire District in Washington.
Bontemps began as a firefighter, then became an engineer, captain, shift battalion chief and a staff chief. His background reaches from grant writing to labor and management relations, having been a firefighter as well as part of management.
He has a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Eastern Oregon University and an associate’s degree in fire command administration from Pierce College in Lakewood, WA. Both degrees were with academic honors.
“Jeff has extensive experience. He will help engage middle management and shares my philosophy of community involvement, ” said Fire Chief Dan Petersen.
Patterson is a 1992 graduate of Crater High School. He received a fire protection degree from Chemeketa Community College and spent three years at Clackamas County Fire District No. 1 as a fire inspector and investigator. For the last five years he has been with Medford Fire & Rescue as a fire inspector and investigator and involved in fire safety system plan reviews.
“John has fantastic experience in both city and rural fire departments. He has the ability to take a analytical look and is looking at the larger industry in our area. He has hit the ground running,” said Chief Petersen.
Patterson is a certified fire and arson investigator, recognized Oregon Fire Marshal, is an ICC Certified building plans examiner, fire plans examiner and certified fire inspector 2, as well as a NFPA fire inspector 3.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent