Position 3 | Expires: 2018 | Gibson Valley Fire District 16
In his 20 years in the fire service, Chief Schaffran has served as a company officer, command-level officer and fire chief in several departments; currently serving as a Battalion Chief for East Olympia Fire Dist. 6 and Volunteer Fire Chief for Thurston County Fire Dist. 16. Chief Schaffran holds an Associate’s in Applied Science degree in fire science, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in fire administration from Eastern Kentucky University.
1st Vice President
Position 5 | Expires: 2017 | DuPont Fire Department
Larry Creekmore is Chief of the Dupont Fire Department. He began his career in January1983 with what is now South Kitsap Fire and Rescue. While at there he was a volunteer responder, taught Kitsap County recruit schools from 1986 – 2014, and worked in the Support Service Division. After joining the Dupont Fire Department in 2005 as a career officer, he remained active as a training Captain with South Kitsap until January 2015. Over the years Larry has served on several state training committees, actively teaches fire service topics, and serves as the WSFFA training manager. He is a Past President of WSFFA and has been a board member for more than 18 years.
2nd Vice President
Position 4 Expires: 2019 | Douglas County Fire District 2
Lieutenant Jeremie Clark started in the volunteer service in September 1996, obtained his EMT certification and was an EMT-B for 6 years. He joined the WSFFA board June 2014., Prior to that, he served as President of the Chelan/Douglas Firefighters’ Association for 5 years. He is a Washington native, growing up in Eastern Washington and graduating in 1998 from Eastmont High School. Jeremie’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, boating, camping, basically anything outdoors.
Board Member/Conference Coordinator
Position 1 | Expires: 2019 | East Olympia Fire District 6
As a career volunteer firefighter, Captain John Ostergard has spent 24 years at East Olympia FireDistrict 6, rising to the rank of captain. As a WSFFA board member, he has served as Second Vice President, First Vice President, and is currently Secretary. For the last five years he has been the Coordinator for the annual WSFFA Conference and Fire School held each June. John and his wife are both semi-retired and are enjoying a little bit of traveling.
Board Member, Benefit Cooridinator / NVFC
Position 2 | Expires: 2017 | Douglas County Fire District 2
Ron is currently a Volunteer Division Chief at Douglas County Fire District #2 in East Wenatchee, Washington. He started his volunteer career in 1973 and became a WSFFA board member in 2002. Ron is one of two Washington Directors at the National Volunteer Fire Council, representing Washington volunteer firefighters on the national level.
Ron lives, works and volunteers where he was born and raised in Eastern Washington.
Position 8 | Expires: 2017 | Washougal Fire and Rescue
Position 10 | Expires: 2019 | Lewis County Fire District 6
Julie Johnston volunteers with Lewis County Fire District 6 near Chehalis. In her 25 years of service, she has risen through the ranks from firefighter to Captain and AEMT. Julie is responsible for the initial and ongoing EMS training. She was named the 2014 EMS Responder of the Year for Washington State.
Position 11 | Expires: 2017 | Franklin County Fire District 3
David Neff is a wheat and cattle rancher from Franklin County. He grew up on the family ranch, where he and his wife of 21 years are raising their three children. He is a 24 year volunteer fire fighter veteran. David has served in various roles in his community, such as Reserve Deputy Sheriff, board member for county and state agricultural associations, and church events. David currently serves as the president of his district fire fighter association.
Treasurer Ed Mund has volunteered with Riverside Fire Authority in Centralia since 2008. He began his fire and EMS career in 1989 with East Olympia Fire District 6 where he attained the rank of Captain and served as EMS Officer for 11 years. Ed represents WSFFA on the WA DOH Prehospital Technical Advisory Committee. He is a Director-at-Large of the National Volunteer Fire Council’s EMS/Rescue Section.
Chaplain Bill Terhune has been a volunteer FF/EMT with the South Bay Fire Department in Thurston County near Olympia since 1991. He served full time from 1993-97 as an officer, returning to volunteer status as a Captain. Bill served as paid Fire Chief for North Olympia FD from 2008-12 and returned to South Bay as MSO from 2012-15. Bill currently serves as primary Chaplain for Olympia FD and South Bay FD and second call for 3 others. He is on the faculty for Police/Fire Chaplain Training Academy in Burien, WA, training chaplains from US and abroad. Bill serves as Chaplain on the WSFFA Board.
TJ Nedrow served as president of the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association from 2013 to 2015. During his tenure, the accomplishments he is most proud of include;
- Establishing a fire service certification process in Washington State.
- Creating a volunteer firefighter license plate and resulting financial stability of the WSFFA Benevolent fund.
- Appointed volunteer representative to the Governor’s Fire Protection Policy Board for twelve years; five as Chairman.
Nedrow’s passion for the volunteer fire service is most prevalent when he talks about why he does what he does. “My goal has always been to represent the volunteer to the greatest degree possible and leave volunteer fire fighters better off than I found them.”
His current goal is to see through efforts to establish and dedicate a Fallen Firefighters Memorial on the Washington State Capitol Campus.
Nedrow got his start in the fire service as a volunteer with the Selah Fire Department in 1975, followed by Broadway Fire Department in Yakima in the early 80’s, and completing his career with Lacey Fire District 3 in 2015. During those years, he served in a number of capacities including;
- WSFFA Past President 1996, 1998, 2007-2009, and 2013-2015
- WSFFA Board of Trustees – 1991 — 2015
- WSFFA Legislative Chairman – 1991 to present
- National Volunteer Fire Council Washington State Director – 2002 to present with current assignments to the NVFC’s EMS/R Section, Chairman of the Legislative Committee, and Executive Board
- Volunteer representative on the national ITSA Transportation Safety Advisory Group, and NFPA 1720 and 1091 Committees.
Involvement with the WSFFA began in 1988, while representing the organization on the Governor’s Fire Protection Policy Board’s Firefighter Certification Committee. For five years he chaired the Board’s Certification and Accreditation Guideline Committee.
Nedrow stays active in the fire service by serving as Chairman of the Washington Traffic Incident Management Coalition, Washington Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue Wellness Corporation Secretary, and founding representative to the Washington Fire Service Leadership Forum Group, and NFPA committees.
Position 6 | Expires: 2018 | East Olympia Fire District 6
Originally born and raised in New York City, Gabe lived in various parts of the country before settling in Olympia, Washington in 1990. Gabe started his fire service career as a resident for Lacey Fire District #3 before joining East Olympia Fire District #6 in 2005.
He is a Firefighter First Class/Driver/Operator/EMT/Evaluator and Instructor. Gabe is very active in his community and currently works as a Safety Office/Worker’s Compensation Manager for the Department of Natural Resources. His hobbies include camping, traveling, attending live music shows, theatre and spending time with friends and his family. He and his wife Christen, along with their three children, Kaelub, Konner and Delaney currently reside in Tumwater, Washington.
Howard has 36 years of volunteer and career fire service operational and training experience; serving with district & municipal fire departments, industrial emergency services, and the Washington State Fire Training Academy. Howard has spent the past nine years at the Washington State Fire Training Academy as an instructor, Firefighter Recruit Academy coordinator and Chief of Instruction. As a Chief Deputy, Howard is currently assigned to the development and implementation of a State wide Regional Direct Delivery program which includes coordination of National Fire Academy courses.