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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: June 12, 2006
Contact: PJ Callahan
Phone: (360) 337-4481
No. 06-42

Fire Districts Endorse Lynam as New County Fire  Marshal

PORT 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 protection measures.

"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 a

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."

Lynam 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.

To contact the Kitsap County Public Information Office, 
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Last Updated:  May 27, 2014