Hillsboro's Newest Firefighters Earn Badges, Veteran Firefighters Earn Awards
City of Hillsboro Fire Department Chief David Downey swore in eight new Firefighters and one Training Captain during a badging ceremony this week at the Walters Cultural Art Center. Chief Downey also presented two Hillsboro Fire Department veterans with the Chief’s Award for acts of merit in a non-emergency function.
After successfully completing one year of training as probationary firefighters, Joshua Wilson, Sean Grey, Trevor Sievers, Ethan Campeau, Jason Sawyer, Nicholas Rilatt, Steven Weaver, and Sam Keeran (pictured right) were sworn in and each received their badge as a Firefighter. Having completed his one year probation in May, Captain Mark Johnson received his badge as well.
Captain Anne Raven (pictured left) received the Chief’s Award for her implementation and department training of a new EMS program for the Hillsboro Fire Department. Captain Raven worked with many groups and City departments to ensure that it would integrate into the public safety system and be efficient for crews. Captain Raven managed the project from conception to execution, including training the Fire Department on how to use it. The Hillsboro Fire Department is the second agency in Oregon to use this new method of pediatric care.
Firefighter Eric Keim received the Chief’s Award for exceptional leadership, program development, and organizational dedication during the ImageTrend Elite Records Management System upgrade. Building the reporting modules and conducting user training required a substantial time commitment; both on-shift and off-shift.
“We congratulate and recognize these members for their hard work and dedication to the fire service,” Chief Downey said. “Through their achievements, we progress as a department in public safety.”
The Hillsboro Fire Department serves more than 100,000 people from five fire stations. All firefighters are certified emergency medical technicians (EMT) or EMT/paramedics. Last year, Hillsboro firefighters responded to nearly 10,000 emergency calls for service.