Fire District 1 extends Chief Ed Widdis’ contract through 2016

Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis

Fire District 1 Chief Ed Widdis

Fire Chief Ed Widdis has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him with Snohomish County Fire District 1 through the end of 2016.

“The Board is very pleased and feels fortunate that Chief Widdis has agreed to accept our offer,” said David Chan, chair of the district’s Board of Commissioners. “Chief Widdis has led Fire District 1 through some tough economic times and now we need his strong leadership as we move into recovery.”

“At the beginning of the year I said my personal goals for Fire District 1 in 2014 are stability, humanity and unity,” Chan continued. “Chief Widdis is the one who can do it.”

Widdis has been fire chief since 2003. During his tenure, the district has consolidated with the Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds fire departments and has become one of the largest districts in the state, serving nearly 200,000 residents in unincorporated south Snohomish County, Brier, Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace,

Chan said the district wants to continue to work well with neighboring agencies. “Chief Widdis has been in the fire service for 30 years and is well respected. He will focus on working with all our neighbors and sharing resources to improve service and efficiency,” he said.

Under Widdis’ leadership, Fire District 1’s emergency medical services program has been the recipient of two national awards and the district’s cardiac-arrest save rate has been well above the national average.

“I’m proud of our firefighters and the excellent service they provide to our citizens. I’m honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve as fire chief with these fine men and women,” Widdis said. “There’s still work to be done on a number of issues facing the fire district. I look forward to working on these with our employees, our Board of Commissioners, our partners and our citizens.”

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