Chief Bullock joined Douglas County Fire District No.2 as a volunteer firefighter in 1986 and served in that capacity until he was hired by the district as a career firefighter/EMT in 1989. During his time with the District Chief Bullock has worked up through the ranks of firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain, deputy chief and his current position as Chief. While employed with the District Chief Bullock has continued his education receiving his paramedic certificate through Umpqua Community College, completing his Associates degree in fire science through Umpqua Community College, and has obtained his Bachelors degree in Public Service Administration through Grand Canyon University. Additionally he has completed several of the Fire Service Institute courses offered through Western and Eastern Oregon Universities.
Chief Bullock has been an active member of several committees and teams while employed with District. These teams and committees include; the protocol and EMS committee, fire equipment purchasing, Regional HAZMAT Response Team, and the District rescue team among others. Chief Bullock is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy
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 a graduate of 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.
Jessica Hansen – Finance/Human Resources
Jessica joined Douglas County Fire District No. 2 as the Chief Financial Officer in March 2021. Prior to joining Fire District No. 2 Jessica was the Chief Financial Officer for Douglas County, Oregon and has 14 years of governmental experience. Jessica is responsible for oversight and administration of all the District’s financial services, budget, accounts payable, and payroll. She will also oversee all of the District’s administrative programs such as health insurance, retirement, liability insurance, workers compensations, etc. She is a Roseburg native, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Northwest Christian University and is a Certified Public Finance Officer through Governmental Finance Officers Association.
Technical Rescue Team (TRT)
The Technical Rescue Team (TRT) is comprised of 15 career personnel who are trained to be rescue technicians in various rescue disciplines. Team members receive extensive training in the areas of Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, and Heavy Rescue. Douglas County Fire District No. 2 responds to both Swift Water and Rope Rescue emergencies throughout Central Douglas County. The Fire District and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office respond jointly through an Automatic Aid Agreement to area’s outside the boundaries of Douglas County Fire District No. 2.
Team members utilize special equipment and apparatus in the course of their job. The Fire District responds using a light rescue unit equipped with the latest in rope rescue gear. A Cataraft, Paddle raft, and a motorized Zodiac rescue boat are used for various types of Water Rescue situations.
Emergencies that require dispatch of a TRT occur infrequently but they are also incidents that pose a significant risk to both victims and firefighters.
Douglas County Fire District No. 2 staffs Rescue Technicians 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. These Technicians are also a valuable resource for training other firefighters in the skills of technical rescue.
The TRT continues to build relationships with the business community. Future improvements in service are focused on sharing information, training and resources with contractors, labor and professional organizations.
|A Shift||B Shift||C Shift|
|BC Mark Hernandez||BC Scott Richardson||BC Josh Waechter|
|Lt. Gabe Allen||Lt. Mike Merlino||Lt. Ryan Felker|
|Eng. Jeff Cole||Lt. Josh Wagner||Lt. Barry Smith|
|Eng. Brian Parnell||Eng. Tate Powell||Eng. Tim Adams|
|FF Doug Peterman||Eng. Layne Westwang||FF AJ Tuter|