Kitsap County Fire District No. 18 Commissioner Position 4
6-year term; No salary. A Fire District is responsible for fire response and containment and for emergency medical services. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional fire chief and fire district personnel. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any fire levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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David Ellingson (NP)
Retired Chief Engineer
Why did you decide to run for this position?
What are three major issues facing your fire district?
Of the three, which one is the most urgent?
What unique qualities do you bring to this job?
Town where you live
Experience (300 characters max)
Incumbent fire commissioner, President Kitsap County Fire Commissioners Association, President Washington Fire Commissioners Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors Kitsap 911.
The answer today is the same as when I first ran for this office in 1999: To invest my skills and abilities in a worthy organization and give back to my community. I consider the Poulsbo Fire Department to be a critical part of our community providing fire protection and life safety services and I will do my best to support the mission and vision of the department.
First, there are the trained professionals that provide fire safety and life support operations every day. Keeping their skills proficient, treating all personnel fairly, and ensuring we have the right staffing to provide the defined level of service to the community are essential to an effective fire department. Secondly, there is equipment. Providing reliable equipment that enables our professionals to provide fire safety and emergency medical services to our community is a priority. Voters in Fire District #18 approved a $5 million bond over a five-year period to provide new fire engines and refurbish our medic units. In addition, we have received a Federal Grant to procure a fire boat which will be housed at the Port of Poulsbo enabling a much faster and enhanced response to incidents along our waterfront. Third is our facility infrastructure. Our facilities are aging and we must continuously evaluate, predict life cycle needs, and plan for needed maintenance.
No one issue is the “most urgent.” Personnel, equipment and facilities are like a three-legged stool and each must be given priority with resources balanced between those three areas to preclude diminished overall effectiveness of the services provided by the Poulsbo Fire Department. In other words, we must use a systems approach to maximize effectiveness of the organization.
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering; Master of Science Degree in Systems Management. Professional Experience: 47+ years of diversified engineering, management, leadership and supervisory experience. Retired SWFPAC Chief Engineer (a Navy TRIDENT missile assembly facility); Former faculty member, Graduate and Undergraduate Business, University of Phoenix. Elected Experience: Incumbent Fire Commissioner, Kitsap County Fire District #18; President, Kitsap County Fire Commissioners Association; President, Washington Fire Commissioners Association; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kitsap 911; Treasurer, Navy League of the United States, Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council.
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