Kristan Maurer/ Fire Chief
Chief Kristan Maurer was appointed Fire Chief on January 7th, 2020. Chief Maurer began her career with the District on June 1, 1999. Kristan has worked her way through the ranks starting as a firefighter/paramedic, then promoted to lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and assistant chief. Chief Maurer earned an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Portland Community College, a Bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University, a Masters Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate from the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy.
David Russell/Operations Chief
Assistant Chief Russell is a 20 veteran of the fire service. He has held every position in the chain of command from resident / student to Battalion Chief. David is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University, an associate degree in Fire Science with a minor in EMS from Umpqua Community College.
David Schmitt/Administration Chief
Assistant Chief David Schmitt spent 31 years with the Burbank Fire Department in CA. He worked his way up through the ranks as a Firefighter/Haz Mat Specialist, Engineer, Captain, Training Captain, Battalion Chief, Training Chief and Assistant Chief.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management as well as an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. He is a State Certified Company Officer, Chief Officer, Strike Team Leader, Type III Incident Commander and Type III Safety Officer. He helped to develop the IAFF Fire Ground Survival Program and for 10 years was a Master Instructor, traveling across the country, teaching firefighters how to save their own lives in Mayday situations.
Shawn Newberry/Logistics and Planning Chief
Assistant Chief Newberry started his fire service career as a Volunteer Firefighter with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue in 1996. His pursuit of a Career Firefighter position landed him in Pierce County Fire District 5 serving the community of Gig Harbor, WA. While his love for the job in Gig Harbor grew, so too did the challenge of commuting from his home in Aloha, OR. In 1999, the opportunity at Clark County Fire District 6 presented itself and Shawn was eager to join.
Chief Newberry served as a firefighter until his promotion to Captain in 2009. In 2011, he moved into the Training Division and served as Fire Training Captain for the Fire District. In April of 2013, Chief Newberry was promoted to Assistant Chief and now serves by leading the Logistics and Planning section of the Fire District.
Tina Mensinger/ Office Manager
Ms. Tina Mensinger has been employed by the District since March 2000. Ms. Mensinger serves as the Office Administrator and responsibilities include general bookkeeping, payroll, overtime, retirement systems, health and dental insurance, District finances, human resource duties, small works rosters/vendor list(s), a liaison with Clark County Financial Services, the primary liaison with the Washington State Auditor, and is instrumental in the preparation of the District’s annual financial report. Ms. Mensinger earned a Certificate in Business.
David Schmitke/Public Information Officer/Public Education Coordinator
Dave comes to us from the world of TV News Broadcasting. As an Emmy award winning writer and voice talent, Dave is responsible for our video production, public education and spreading the message of fire safety and prevention to area media. Dave previously worked for KOIN-TV, KPTV, KVAL-TV, KEX and KXL radio, and the Neil Kelly company. Dave is a third generation Clark County kid who feels very lucky to live and work in the community in which he was raised.
Ryan Reese/President IAFF Local 452
Ryan Reese is a Captain and has been with Fire District 6 over 23 years. He started in June of 1999 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Ryan was President of Local 1805 for a number of years until that local merged with Local 452. Local 452 represents Vancouver, Clark County Fire District 6 and North Country EMS members.
In his capacity as President, Ryan works closely with the Fire Chief and other management personnel.
Operational Support Division
Brad Osborn / Mechanic
Brad Osborn comes to us from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, where he spent ten years working as a mechanic. He honed his mechanical skills working in the logging industry, first for his father and then for private contractors where he grew up in Riddle, Oregon. Brad has been married to his wife Lisa for 25 years and has one son, Lane, who is about to graduate from Oregon Station University with a degree in Forest Management and Wildland Fire. Brad says it is the family atmosphere that attracted him to Clark County Fire District 6.
Andrey Demyanyuk / Facilities
Andrey Demyanyuk comes to us from a long career with Boeing. He has a diverse background from facilities to equipment repair. Andrey is married with four children and an active member in the community as well as his church.