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Clackamas Fire

Fire Chief Fred Charlton

Chief KirchhoferFire 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.

On July 1st, 2012, Chief Charlton was sworn in as the fifth Fire Chief for CFD1. Chief Charlton holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from Portland Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Fire Administration from Eastern Oregon University, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration through Portland State University.

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