Fire Chief Fred Charlton


Fire Chief Fred Charlton began his fire service as a volunteer with the Forest Grove Fire Department in 1989.  In 1994 he was hired as a career firefighter for the City of Milwaukie.  In 1997, the Milwaukie Fire Department merged with Clackamas Fire District #1.  Chief Charlton was promoted to the positions of Lieutenant in 2001 and Captain in 2003.

In 2007, he was promoted to Battalion Chief and supervised numerous programs to include the Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR).  In 2010, Chief Charlton was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief and assigned to the Fire Prevention Division as the Fire Marshal.  The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for public education, fire code enforcement, engineering, and fire investigation.

In 2011, he was assigned as the Emergency Services Division Chief and supervised Fire Operations, Technical Rescue, Training, Emergency Management, and Safety.  Since 2012, he has been the Fire Chief for Clackamas Fire District #1.

Chief Charlton is also currently a director with the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association, North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, and the Clackamas Rotary.


Chief Charlton holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from Portland Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Eastern Oregon University in Fire Administration, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration through Portland State University and is designated as a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

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