Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue is governed under Title 52 Revised Code of Washington (RCW) by a five-member Board of Fire Commissioners, composed of registered voters residing in the fire district. These elected officials are charged with managing the affairs of Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue. Each Commissioner position is elected for a six year term of office, with positions up for approval on a rotational basis.
DICK WEST Chairman & Commissioner
Retired, CKFR Fire Chief -20 years/40+ years of Fire Service.
I helped form the CKFR Medic One Foundation in 1995, as a method for supporters to make tax deductible donations in support of EMS services. I have been an active member of the foundation for 11 years.”
My outside interests consist of travel, primarily to warmer climates, visiting friends and family , and spending as much time as possible with Grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Vice Chairman & Commissioner
I was born in Bremerton (four minutes ahead of my identical twin brother) and raised in the Central Kitsap area. I graduated from Central Kitsap High School, Olympic College, and a four year Electronics PSNS apprenticeship. I served in the USAF (97th Military Airlift Squadron, Air Operations Specialist) during the VietNam war. I retired after forty plus years from PSNS & IMF as a Supervisory Production Resource Manager. I am married with two grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom reside in the CK area. It has been my honor and privilege to continually serve the citizens of Central Kitsap through the fire service for the past forty years starting as a volunteer firefighter in 1976 and continuing as an elected Fire Commissioner since 1997.
I moved to Kitsap County in 1966 after graduating from Washington State University and started a federal career as a nuclear power engineer at PSNS. I retired in 1995, having worked at Keyport and Bangor as a metallurgist, mechanical engineer, and materials engineer.
I have served as a Fire Commissioner since 2000, first with District 12, and after the merge, with Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue.
I am presently employed for the last 15 years by Olympic College part time as an adjunct professor of physics in the PSNS apprentice school and serve as a volunteer chaplain for CKF&R. My wife and I have been foster parents, I serve on the board of West Sound Youth for Christ, and am a Trustee at my church.
NATE ANDREWS, M.Ed.
Athletic Director/Dean of Students
I have spent my entire professional life in Kitsap County and have worked for the Central Kitsap School District since 1998, after graduating from Washington State University. Originally an English and Social Studies instructor at Olympic High School (OHS), I completed a Master’s Degree program focused on Education Administration and earned an administrative certificate. After teaching full-time for 10 years, I was hired as the school’s Athletic Director. After taking on several coaching and educational roles within OHS over the years, I’m currently serving as a Dean of Students as well. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my lovely and supportive wife, Kelli, and our 3 active and growing boys. We all enjoy our pets, the outdoors, boating and our great relatives and friends. Our small family business, Erlands Point Oysters, also keeps us busy throughout the year.
I was raised in Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BS, MD). After medical practice and teaching in Michigan’s remote Upper Peninsula, my family and I moved to Kitsap County in 1984, where most of my work and living have been in Central Kitsap. During my career in Occupational Medicine I worked with CKFR and other Districts to preserve and improve the health of our firefighters.
Retirement in 2017 has allowed me the time to again become involved with CKFR in a new and challenging capacity.
My wife Kathy and I enjoy time in wilderness areas for hiking, paddling, and photography along with lazy days at our cabin on Mason Lake.
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