Fire Chief Sworn In

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Mayor Houk swore in the new Fire Chief, Michael Ciraulo, at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.  Ciraulo comes to the City with over 30 years of experience in the fire and rescue business, the last 22 as the Division Chief with the Clark County Fire & Rescue.   In addition to degrees in Fire Protection Technology and Business Management and Communications, Ciraulo has a unique blend of experiences that includes having served as both a Council member and a Mayor.   Ciraulo is an accredited Fire Service Instructor and has taught for Portland Community College, Lower Columbia College, and the National Fire Academy.  He is presently qualified as a National Type 2 Incident Commander and holds a Chief Fire Officer designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.  He has served as an Operations Section Chief/Incident Commander for a Washington State Incident Management Team for 10 years, and has managed large scale emergencies in nearly every western state. “Mr. Ciraulo has all the right experience, training, and background for the job, but perhaps more importantly, he appears to have the right combination of integrity, leadership, and inter-relational skills needed to fit well in the Pendleton Community and take our Fire and Ambulance Department to the next level” said City Manager Robb Corbett.