– After five years with the City of Astoria, Fire chief Ted Ames has announced
five years with the City of Astoria have been the most challenging, yet
rewarding years I’ve spent working as Fire Chief,” Ames said. “I leave with the incredible satisfaction of
knowing our work at the fire department has made a positive and at times
dramatic impact on the lives of the people being served.
the City of Astoria in January 2013 but has served as a Fire Chief for 21
years. He led the mostly volunteer
Warrenton Fire Department for 16 years.
He was a commercial fisherman when he began volunteer firefighting in
Warrenton in 1984, moving up in the ranks.
Ames says, after 24 years of fishing combined with the years of serving
as Fire Chief, he is ready to pass the responsibility on to someone else.
grateful to Ted for his service and leadership in the Astoria Fire Department,”
said City Manager Brett Estes. “He has
done a great job leading the Department and has been a tremendous asset to the
City. The City of Astoria wishes him the
best in his retirement.”
the department is responsible for fire suppression and emergency medical
response in the city. The department
works closely with local ambulance service Medix, Tongue Point Job Corps
Center, Coast Guard property at Tongue Point and with United States Coast Guard
Cutters Alert and Steadfast to offer fire suppression and emergency medical
to the Chief, the department includes a Deputy Fire Chief, nine career
Firefighters, three Student Interns, 12 volunteer Firefighters and a half-time
department Support Clerk. Together Fire
Department personnel handle about 1300 calls for service each year (over 60%
“It is my
hope that I am leaving the department in better condition than when I arrived,”
Ames said. “I want to sincerely thank
the dedicated, hardworking professional members of the Astoria Fire Department,
both career and volunteer for allowing me to serve and work for and with them
for the past five years.”
retirement is effective November 30; however he will continue to lead the
department in an interim role until March 31, 2018.
information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 503-325-5824.
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