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. Ms. Maurer 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.
Casey Taylor / FD 6 Bargaining Unit Vice President, IAFF Local 452
Casey Taylor is a Captain and has been with Fire District 6 over 20 years. He started as an intern firefighter while pursuing his Associates degree in Fire Science at Portland Community College, and a career in the fire service. Casey tested, and was hired with the district in October of 2001. He is a member of the Clark County Technical Rescue team and functions as a Team Leader. He presently serves as the FD 6 Bargaining Unit Vice President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 452. The FD 6 bargaining unit represents the firefighters, officers and Battalion Chiefs employed by the District.
In his capacity as FD 6 Bargaining Unit Vice President, Casey works closely with the Fire Chief and other management personnel.
Arnie Kuchta/Equipment and Facilities Maintenance Specialist
Arnie was hired at CCFD6 on December 1, 2007. He is the Equipment and Facilities Maintenance Specialist for the District. Arnie is highly qualified and maintains current ASE Certifications from the National Institute for automotive Service Excellence and is an Emergency Vehicle Technician. He also holds a commercial driver’s license. Before coming to CCFD6 Arnie was a mechanic for the City of Vancouver Shops.