June 12, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
Fire Districts Endorse Lynam
as New County Fire Marshal
ORCHARD, WA—Kitsap County announced today the
appointment of David Lynam as the new county Fire Marshal. Lynam has over 15
years experience as a Fire Marshal, including positions at Tualatin Valley Fire and
Rescue and Clark County.
"David's appointment to this position was fully supported by the county and
the six fire districts," said Cris Gears, County Administrator. "The fire
districts were fully involved in the selection process, from helping shape
the job description to reviewing the candidates' credentials and experience.
This was a good collaborative process with a great outcome."
"We are pleased to have David Lynam in Kitsap County," said Ken Burdette,
Fire Chief for Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue and President of the Kitsap
County Fire Chiefs Association. "He is highly respected in the state of
Washington in fire prevention circles, and we are fortunate to have him
here. We look forward to working with him as we continue to improve fire
prevention services in the county."
While Division Chief and Fire Marshal for Tualatin Valley Fire and
Rescue's Fire Prevention Division, Lynam was responsible for fire inspection
and investigation services across the district, serving a population of
450,000 in seven cities and portions of three counties in the metropolitan
Portland area. While serving as
Fire Marshal for Clark County, he was responsible for fire
investigation and inspection services for eleven fire districts, five
contract cities and one contract county. Under Lynam's direction, Clark
County received a National Association of Counties merit award for his work
on Washington's first comprehensive package of urban interface fire
"I couldn’t be more excited to come to work for Kitsap County," said Lynam.
"There is tremendous positive energy and support behind the position—not
only at the county but throughout the fire districts. This is a tremendous
and rare opportunity to work with so many people who are committed to making
According to Jim Shields, Fire Chief for Poulsbo District #18, "Obviously we
are very excited to move forward on this key position in the county. We have
been working closely with the county to help put together a retooled system
for providing fire prevention services in the county, and it's imperative
that we have a dynamic leader at head of the county's Fire Marshal Office to
carry out that direction. Three multi-jurisdictional task forces have been
working together to ensure there is countywide continuity in how plan
checks, fire investigations and fire inspections will be completed in the future
throughout the county."
holds a bachelor's degree in Fire Administration from
Western Oregon University, an MBA from Portland State University and EFO
from the National Fire Academy. Currently he provides fire investigation
training for firefighters and fire officers, teaches Arson Investigation for
the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and university and
National Fire Academy courses in Financial Management.