Chief Mick Lamar
Chief Mick Lamar was born in Memphis Tennessee and graduated from Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor Washington. It was during high school he met his wife of 44 years, Trish. They have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Chief Lamar joined the United States Air Force from 1972 -1977 serving in Washington State and Alaska.
Upon returning from Alaska to Whidbey Island Chief Lamar was challenged to apply for a firefighter position at NAS Whidbey Island. Much to his surprise he was selected and began as a probationary firefighter in August of 1980. When Mick and Trish purchased their first home it came with a set of bunkers from the Cornet Bay Volunteer Fire Department just down the road from their home.
In 1983 Firefighter Lamar was promoted to Fire Inspector and remained in that position for the next 7 years until he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief. While still serving as a volunteer firefighter during that same time-frame Chief Lamar was selected as Fire Chief for the Cornet Bay Volunteer Fire Department. Within 5 years Chief Lamar was also asked to assume command of the Silverlake Fire Department and convert both volunteer agencies into the North Division of Island County Fire Protection District #2. He served as Fire Chief there until right before his retirement from the Naval Air Station in 2004. Towards the end of his career at NAS Whidbey Chief Lamar began working with Navy Officials to “regionalize” all 8 Navy Federal Fire Departments into one organization. Once regionalization took place in late 2000 Chief Lamar finished his service as Battalion Chief for the Eastern half of the Puget Sound Federal Fire Department.
Chief Lamar helped develop and then obtained an AA in Fire Science and was one of the first graduates of the Fire Science program at Skagit Valley College, where he also completed a General Studies degree. Chief Lamar holds several IFSAC National Certifications up to and including Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector II, Crash Fire Rescue, multiple Hazardous Material certifications and many others. Chief Lamar helped with the implementation of the Island County Recruit Academy (the only IFSAC Volunteer Accredited Academy in the State of Washington), where there he served in multiple capacities from Company Officer to Drill Master. Chief Lamar is NWCG certified as an Engine Boss, Type 5 Incident Commander and Wildland Firefighter I, Chief Lamar has been a licensed Emergency Medical Technician for over to 35 years. Chief Lamar also helped to develop a Water Rescue Team with the USCG for responses in and around the Deception Pass area of Whidbey Island and helped to design and build the first Children’s Fire Safety House in the Northwest and traveled extensively training school administrators and public educators how to teach children to survive fires in their homes.
In 2005 Chief Lamar joined Chelan County Fire District 9 as a firefighter and was later selected to serve as Assistant Fire Chief, then as Fire Chief in 2012. Chief Lamar during that same period was asked to also serve as Chelan County Fire District 4’s Fire Chief beginning in 2011. In late 2014 Chief Lamar began working with Fire Commissioners, firefighters, and citizen groups to merge the two neighboring fire districts into what is now the Lake Wenatchee Fire and Rescue organization. Chief Lamar has served as Board Member of the RiverCom Board of Directors, RiverCom Operations Group Chair, member of the Wenatchee Valley Community College Advisory Board for the Fire Science Program and is currently Vice President of the North Central Washington Fire Chiefs and Commissioners Association and is Vice President of the Greater Wenatchee Emergency Medical Services Council.
Chief Lamar values the “uniqueness” of not only our community but also the volunteer spirit exhibited by the firefighters and community members who are so willing to serve no matter what the needs might be or the sacrifices it entails.