Fire Chief Horton of FD3 elected to a regional fire role

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore – Fire District Three is looking for a new Fire Chief, its current Chief is moving on to a more regional position.

Bob Horton, the current Chief, was elected as the Vice-President of the Western Fire Chief’s Association.

It’s a regional association focused on intersecting technology and wildfire policy.

While he’ll be taking a step back from local operations in the Rogue Valley, he emphasized he will still be involved in the area, specifically with Fire District Three.

“I will stay engaged with some of the work here with fire district three as the chief strategy officer, so I will dabble in our local fire service which is where my passion is and be able to help continue to provide support to our communities,” Horton said.

Horton said the process for naming a new Chief will unfold in the next few weeks.

He says they will likely go with one of the organization’s two Chief Deputies as the new Chief.

Ethan McReynolds is a reporter and weekend anchor for NBC5 News. He grew up in Bothell, Washington and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in Journalism and Sport Management. At Gonzaga, he started his own sports podcast. Ethan loves rooting for his hometown Seattle sports teams, especially the Mariners. He loves playing baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is also an avid Taylor Swift fan.
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