Brad Osborn learned how to wrench on rigs from his father, and as soon as he graduated from High School in Riddle, Oregon in 1994 he went to work for his Dad working as a mechanic in the timber industry. It was difficult work, sometimes laying in the mud at night trying to weld a stubborn piece of metal. And after 17 years of gritty, grueling work Brad had an opportunity to take his skills to the fire service. “It was like night and day,” he says. “It’s a clean environment, and the fire service really cares about you as a person.”
Brad’s first fire service job was at Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. For a year and a half he commuted from Southern Oregon to Aloha, and eventually moved to the Beaverton area where he and his cookie-baking wife Lisa raised their son Lane. “Family is number one for me, and the reason I wanted to come to Fire District 6 is because it’s small and it’s a family-oriented place,” Brad says. “Working in the fire service is a huge responsibility, but I love helping people and it’s a good feeling to know I’m keeping those rigs on the road.”
Being outdoors, hunting, and boating are some of Brad’s favorite hobbies. He and his wife also love taking church kids out on the boat, sightseeing along the Willamette and Columbia rivers. Soon they will have the opportunity to see Lane graduation from Oregon State University, where he majored in Forestry Management and Wildland Fire.
We welcome Brad to Clark County Fire District 6 and look forward to adding another member of the family.