New Everett Fire Chief Outlines Priorities

June 15, 2018

Everett Fire


Public Safety Chair Judy Tuohy (l) and Chief Dave DeMarco (r)

On Wednesday, new Everett Fire Chief Dave DeMarco sat down with the Everett City Council public safety committee and outlined his priorities.

He said his first order of business was to get his command team in place. Current Everett Fire Marshal LeRoy McNulty has announced he will be retiring in July and DeMarco’s former position as Assistant Fire Chief is open.

On Tuesday, the City posted both jobs on it’s website. The posting is set to close June 29th and DeMarco told the committee he hopes to fill both positions by the end of July.

DeMarco also told the committee that once those two positions are set he is going to open up the other two Deputy Fire Chief positions (that currently are filled) to both internal and external applicants.

“This is no reflection on current staff,” DeMarco said. “It’s the application of the principal that the public deserves the best person they can find and everyone should have a fair opportunity to apply for a job if they are qualified.”

DeMarco went on to say that had not always been the system at Everett Fire Department and that he feels the system used to hire the Fire Chief should apply to the Deputy Chief positions as well.

Other priorities outlined by DeMarco which he said were in no particular order:

  • Retool the department’s Mission, Vision and Values Statement.
  • Move staff out of the Wetmore building and back to the historic station on Oakes.
  • Produce a line item budget that is simple to understand but more detailed to track spending.
  • Re-manage 911 calls so non-emergency calls are answered by something other than a fire engine.
  • Divisons report their performance to the Chief on a weekly basis. (He then informs the Mayor weekly)
  • Develop an up-to-date Standard of Cover that defines EFD response standards for fires, medical, etc.
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