Fire Protection District No. 4
Commissioner, Position 2
6 year term
Patrick H. Nicholson, Jr.
Fire District 4 is a progressive and professional combination department who takes great effort to deliver exceptional service that is cost effective to the public. My professional experience and academic background have prepared me to assist the other Fire Commissioners and department in surpassing these benchmarks. In my 24-year professional career, I have served as a firefighter/paramedic, investigator, inspector, plan reviewer, fire marshal, fire chief, and superintendent of a public hospital district. This includes levy experience, collective bargaining, bond measures, and policy development. It will be a privilege to serve our community.
Les F. Riel
I am Fire Commissioner Les Riel, and proud to have served the Citizens of East Valley for the past 24 years and would be honored to continue serving another term.
I have co-owned and operated a successful business in Yakima since 1980, attended educational seminars, also active with local and state fire agencies.
I would like to complete some projects including the new addition to Station 42 to better serve the people of Terrace Heights.
I am actively involved with the budget process to assure that we are ready for the future while providing for our needs today.
Yakima County is divided into 12 fire protection districts. Each district is managed by a three-member board of commissioners.
Fire protection districts are formed for the provision of fire prevention services, fire suppression, emergency medical services and for the protection of life and property in areas outside of cities (in the unincorporated areas of the county). Because fire districts are political subdivisions of the state and municipal corporations, the only authority for administrative operations are decisions made by the elected board of fire commissioners.
The board has authority to hire and appoint employees (e.g. chief, secretary, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, etc.) but has full responsibility and authority of all aspects of the district. The board is required to hold regular monthly meetings and must comply with the Open Public Meeting Act and the public records statutes.
The county treasurer serves as the financial agent for a district. The treasurer collects taxes and assessments that are levied under the authority of the fire commissioners. The district, being a special purpose district, levies regular property taxes to provide services to the public; additionally, with voter approval, the board may issue bonds and make excess levies for specific purposes.
The voters elect commissioners to staggered six-year terms. These commissioners are subject to and must comply with all laws pertaining to fire districts, public officials and other applicable Washington State and federal statutes.