Clallam County Fire District No. 2

Fire District 2 was formed in 1944, and was founded by a group of housewives who lived in the Gales Addition east of the City of Port Angeles.  Incorporation occurred in 1945.  The District now covers some 85 square miles surrounding the City of Port Angeles.  The District is bounded on the East by Deer Park Road and Lake Crescent on the West; Olympic National Park makes up the southern boundary and the Strait of Juan de Fuca the northern boundary.  District 2 also responds to both fire and emergency medical calls throughout Olympic National Park from Hurricane Ridge to Sol Duc Hot Springs. The District is an ALS Trauma Verified Ambulance service.  The service population is approximately 9,500 residents in a mix of commercial, suburban and rural areas  The District responds to an average of 1,400 to 1,500 calls per year.  Emergency medical calls are the bulk of our responses accounting for approximately 80% of all responses. 

Governing

District 2 is governed by three elected Fire Commissioners who set policy for the District. The Fire Commissioners are Richard Ruud, David Whitney and Thomas Martin who serve six year terms. There are nine full-time paid staff members: Fire Chief Sam Phillips, Deputy Fire Chief Jake Patterson, Administrative Services Supervisor Heather K. Catuzo; Firefighter/Paramedics Margie Brueckner, Allen Hunt, and Ian Brueckner; Firefighter/EMTs Neil Crumley, Tyler Reid, and Zach Gear..

Fire District 2 is primarily volunteer. We have between 45 and 50 volunteers, but can roster up to 60. The volunteers respond to calls from four stations; Station 21 at 508 N. Baker Street, Station 22 at 700 power Plant Road, Station 23 at 1992 Black Diamond Road, and Station 25 at 22 Prospect Place.

Financial

District 2 is funded through the State Property Tax formula. Under State Law the District can receive up to $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value for fire suppression activities and $.50 for emergency medical services. Currently the District receives $1.06 per $1,000 for all services provided. A voter initiative limits the property tax increase.

 

 

Sam Phillips

Fire Chief

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 Vice 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.

Sam Phillips

Fire Chief

Heather Catuzo

Administrative Services Supervisor

Heather was hired by District 2 in September, 2012. Her duties include administrative support for the District including accounts payable, receivable, payroll, burn permits, and she also serves as Secretary to the Board of Commissioners. She brings over nine years of Clallam County public sector experience, and over 20 years of general administrative experience to the District. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Planning and Environmental Policy from Western Washington University.

Heather Catuzo

Administrative Services Supervisor

Jake Patterson

Deputy Fire Chief

Deputy Fire Chief Jake Patterson was hired by the District in February 2016 as a part-time Battalion Chief of Training and Safety. In January 2017, the full-time Deputy Fire Chief position was reinstated and he was promoted to this position. Previously Deputy Chief Patterson began as a volunteer firefighter/EMT with the City of Port Angeles in 1992. He then went to work for the Richland Fire Department in Eastern Washington as a firefighter/EMT. Deputy Chief Patterson returned to the Port Angeles area in 2000 and spend 17 years working as a firefighter/paramedic and lieutenant/paramedic until 2017, when he accepted the position of Deputy Fire Chief with Clallam 2 Fire Rescue.

Jake Patterson

Deputy Fire Chief

Richard E. Ruud

Commissioner

Commissioner Richard Ruud joined Fire District No. 2, Dry Creek department, in 1954. He became Chief in 1972 and remained in that capacity until 1982. He was first elected Commissioner for the District in 1980 and still remains active in District policy.

Richard E. Ruud

Commissioner

David R. Whitney

Chairman

Commissioner Dave Whitney has been actively involved in the fire service for over 35 years. Dave joined Clallam County Fire District 2 in 1980 where he served as a volunteer firefighter for 23 years during which time he helped construct the Black Diamond Fire Station. Dave retired from the line in 1992 however he still had a desire to serve. After leaving the line he was elected as a Fire Commissioner to the Board of Fire District 2 where he has served four successive terms. Currently Dave serves as Chair of the Board.

David R. Whitney

Chairman

Thomas Martin

Commissioner

Commissioner Thomas Martin joined Clallam County Fire District No. 2 in 1968 at the Gales Addition Department. Tom, with the help of Commissioner William Doran and Commissioner Richard Ruud, helped create the Emergency Medical Service for Fire District No. 2 and he was the first Emergency Medical Technician for District No. 2. Tom saw the value of the Jaws of Life for extrication and composed grants that brought the first "Jaws" to the Olympic Peninsula. Tom's highest rank achieved with Fire District No. 2 was Chief of the Gales Addition Station and is now Commissioner.

Thomas Martin

Commissioner