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Q & A with Hillsboro Fire Chief David Downey
Fire Chief David Downey joined the City of Hillsboro in September after working the past 24 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There, Chief Downey led a total of 700 uniformed personnel at 22 fire stations, while serving a population of more than 557,000 people.
What appealed to you most about leading the Hillsboro Fire Department?
The professionalism of Hillsboro firefighters and the welcoming nature and support of everyone I met in the community during the Fire Chief selection process was amazing. I knew early on that a great opportunity was before me.
What do you see for the future of the Hillsboro Fire Department?
Our leadership team is evaluating the impact that City growth will have on demands for fire and emergency medical services. The addition of a fire station and strategic relocation of an existing fire station are being discussed.
We recently acquired a site for the future development of a training facility, which will allow our firefighters to develop new skills and techniques, while honing the many skills already learned.
How does your family feel about the transition?
My wife, Kim, and our three sons: Greg, 19; Chris, 16; and David, 10, are excited about Hillsboro. After nearly 25 years in the Desert Southwest, Kim and I were ready to return to the West Coast, where we grew up. Greg is looking forward to continuing his college education in Oregon, while Chris and David are most looking forward to playing soccer in the region. For them, soccer is HUGE.
What do you do for fun?
When the soccer schedule allows, I like to hike. And with the ocean not far away, my family is looking forward to visiting the coastline.
If you could share one piece of advice with neighbors, what would it be?
Have working smoke detectors in your home. Every second counts, so early detection of a fire followed by rapid notification of the fire department matters most.
- Read an introductory letter from Chief Downey to the community
- Read the hiring announcement for Chief Downey