Officials Partnerships vision key for new Camas fire chief

first_imgFor incoming Camas Fire Chief Nick Swinhart, putting out fires his department will face in the future will require more than hoses, hydrants and adequate water pressure. It will require vision, adaptability and partnerships built on trust, government and fire officials said.With this is mind, one of Swinhart’s first meetings this week included his Washougal counterpart, Ron Schumacher, with whom he must work closely as their two departments undergo a trial merger the next six months. The consolidation potentially could reduce a massive EMS shortfall that affects ambulance service in Camas, Washougal and nearby unincorporated areas.Swinhart formerly served as fire chief in Watertown, S.D., before returning to his home state to take over the Camas Fire Department. He started as a firefighter in 1990 and is a licensed paramedic.Swinhart replaced acting Camas Fire Chief Monte Brachmann on Tuesday. Camas had been without a full-time fire chief since city officials fired longtime chief Leo Leon in January.Camas City Administrator Lloyd Halverson described Swinhart as “high energy” and a “real achiever.” Swinhart, a married father of one daughter, is an avid mountain climber who has been on expeditions to Africa, Europe, South America and Antarctica.last_img

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