Address. 17718 Woodinville-Snohomish Rd. NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
For more information contact David Weed, PIO for Woodinville Fire at 425-483-4481
Woodinville Fire & Rescue has hired Erik Wallgren as the new Deputy Fire Chief; he started on September 1, 2016. Deputy Chief Wallgren comes to WF&R having served 20 years with King County Fire District 40 and then eight years with the City of Renton Fire and Emergency Services Department after the City annexed District 40. During that time, Wallgren served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief. Wallgren fills the WF&R Deputy Fire Chief position that opened up when Fire Chief Gregory Ahearn was promoted from Deputy Chief to Fire Chief last September.
“I’m excited for the opportunities that Woodinville Fire has to offer,” Wallgren mentioned. “There is a first class and positive vibe at Woodinville Fire and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”
In many ways, it is a coming home for Wallgren who grew up in the area and attended Bothell High School. “It was before the opening of Woodinville High School so many of my classmates lived in Woodinville. As a result I spent much of my time in Woodinville hanging out with friends.” Prior to being hired full time at King County Fire District 40, Wallgren served as a volunteer firefighter in Bothell.
Having served in many levels of the fire service, Wallgren brings a a great deal of experience to WF&R. “There are many similarities with how Woodinville and Renton fire departments are run”, said Wallgren. “It will make the transition a little smoother being familiar with the area and the governing structure of the District.”
Chief Ahearn is pleased with the addition of Deputy Chief Wallgren. “I have known Chief Wallgren for many years. He brings a high level of talent and leadership to Woodinville. I’m looking forward to the many ways he will add to our District and continue making us better.”
Wallgren will oversee the day to day fire and EMS operations of the District. He and his wife currently reside in Mountlake Terrace and have five grown children.
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At their annual awards banquet, Woodinville Fire & Rescue honored three employees for outstanding performance in 2016. In addition to the employees of the year, the District also recognized six individuals who retired in 2016.
The evening began with Danielle Magistrale receiving Civilian Employee of the Year. Magistrale serves as an Administrative Assistant for the District. She was given the award due to her ability to work on many projects simultaneously and for the positive attitude she brings to the office.
Firefighter of the Year was presented to Firefighter Jeff Smith. During the presenting of the award, Smith’s tireless dedication to a number of projects was noted, specifically his work on the District’s uniform purchasing program.
Captain Kerry Langan received the award for Officer of the Year. Langan recently took over the lead in the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) division of the District. Langan has managed a significant workload to ensure the businesses of Woodinville are safe and meet fire regulations.
The District also recognized those employees who retired in 2016. The retirees included Administrative Assistant Kathi Jobe (7 years), Accounting/Payroll Specialist Cindy Biggerstaff (8 years), Firefighter Patty Hayes-Johnston (27 years), Lieutenant Drago Nevistic (29 years), Lieutenant Steve Cooke (31 years) and Battalion Chief Cliff Griffin (34 years).
(l-r) FF Jeff Smith, AA Danielle Magestrale, Capt. Kerry Langan