Fire Chief


Fire Chief Sam Phillips


Chief Sam Phillips career fire service experience spans more than 32 years as a professional firefighter. Chief Phillips has held the positions of Firefighter, Investigator, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, Deputy Chief, and Fire Chief in urban, suburban, and wildland fire agencies. He is certified as NFPA Fire Officer IV, NFPA Investigation Officer, & NFPA Instructor III as well as other certification levels. Chief Phillips holds a Masters in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University; he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, and he holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science. In addition, he is certified as Instructor for Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Studies. Chief Phillips is an active Incident Management Team responder assigned to Pacific Northwest National Incident Team No. 2 as a Type I Safety Officer. Chief Phillips is the President of the Clallam County Fire Chiefs Association. A frequent lecturer and instructor Chief Phillips has delivered presentations at Fire Rescue International in Chicago, IL and Fire Department Instructor’s Conference in Indianapolis, IN. In 2010 the Oregon Fire Instructors Association inducted him as a Life Member. In 2008 he was awarded the Oregon Fire Instructor of the Year Award. He is the 2008 recipient of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Public Service Award and received a Distinguished Unit Citation from OFCA for his work on establishing Oregon USAR Teams.