Battalion Chief Richardson started in the fire service in 1995 when he became a resident volunteer at Polk County Fire District No. 1 in Independence, Oregon while attending the Chemeketa Community College fire science program in Salem. He graduated with an A.S. Degree in Fire Suppression from Chemeketa in 1997 and obtained his Paramedic License from the College of Emergency Services in Portland in 1998.
Chief Richardson began his full time career in 1999 after being hired by LaPine Fire District in Central Oregon. A few months later in 1999 he accepted a position with DCFD #2. During his time with the Fire District Chief Richardson has worked up through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and his current position as Battalion Chief. Chief Richardson has also served as Interim Deputy Chief in the past for the Fire District.
While employed with DCFD #2 Chief Richardson continued his education and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Administration through Grand Canyon University in 2008. Chief Richardson is also currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy.
Battalion Chief Josh Waechter started his career as a student/volunteer firefighter with DCFD #2 in the summer of 1995 after graduating from Roseburg Senior High School. He joined Sutherlin Fire Department in the fall of 1996 as a scholarship student/resident volunteer where he spent two years completing his A.S. Degree in Fire Science and obtaining his Paramedic license through Umpqua Community College.
Chief Waechter became a career firefighter with DCFD #2 in the fall of 1998 and has spent his years of service working through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain and his current rank of Battalion Chief. Chief Waechter is continuing his education through Eastern Oregon University working on his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Administration with a minor in Psychology.
Chief Waechter has been an active member on numerous projects, committees and teams while employed by DCFD #2 as well as being a student/volunteer mentor with the Fire District. Chief Waechter has also instructed at Umpqua Community College helping with the Fire Science program.
Battalion Chief Mark Hernandez started in the fire service in 2002 when he became a volunteer at Sutherlin Fire department while attending Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. He graduated with an A.A.S. in Paramedicine and Technical minor in Fire Science in 2004.
Chief Hernandez began his full time career in 2005 after being hired by Ashland Fire and Rescue in Southern Oregon. One year later he accepted a position with Douglas County Fire District No. 2. During his time with the Fire District, Chief Hernandez has worked his way up through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and his current position of Battalion Chief.
Chief Hernandez has been an active member on numerous projects and committees for the Fire District and is currently the head of the Technical rescue teams. Chief Hernandez is also continuing his education through Eastern Oregon University.