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New fire chief is welcomed, Ignite West Linn returns to historic Willamette neighorhood

New fire chief welcomed in ceremony

After 30 years in the fire service, Tualatin Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Duyck will retire.

In a traditional Transfer of Command ceremony, the responsibilities of providing service to 11 cities and four counties — as well as providing guidance to 650 career and volunteer personnel — will be passed from Duyck to Deric Weiss. 

Since the formation of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue in 1989, there have only been three fire chiefs. On July 1, Weiss will become the fourth.

Weiss volunteered and served as an intern before being hired by TVF&R as a firefighter in 1994. Since then, he served on the Hazardous Materials Team for several years and was promoted through the ranks to apparatus operator, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, division chief, and assistant chief.

Following a rigorous internal selection process, the Board of Directors tapped Weiss to take the district helm.

Weiss spent the beginning of 2019 working closely with Duyck to ensure a smooth leadership transition.

"This is an exciting time," Weiss said. "Having a change in command is a rare occurrence for our department. We've benefited from having leaders who dedicated many years to this organization and the fire service. I have some big shoes to fill, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to serve."

An open house will be held for Duyck from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 27, at Station 51 (8935 S.W. Burnham St., Tigard). There will be a formal presentation at 11 a.m.

Ignite your knowledge of West Linn

The West Linn Historical Society again will sponsor "Ignite West Linn: History on Fire" from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at the Willamette Ale & Cider House, 1720 Willamette Falls Drive.

The community is invited to attend this fourth production of "Ignite West Linn," complete with entirely different presentations.

Each Ignite talk is 5 minutes and includes 20 auto-advanced slides, creating a perfect opportunity to learn a bit of history.

The event is free and refreshments will be available for purchase. This Ignite episode will include the following presentations:

1. "The Troubled Life of Peter Burnett" presented by Greg Nokes

2. "Historic County Courthouses" presented by Pam Krecklow

3. "Willamette Falls in the Golden Age of Steam" presented by David Hedges

4. "Water Skiing in Oregon and the Portland Water Spectacular" presented by NancyDunis

5. "Tugs and Cranes, Quoins and Hard Hats — 2009 at Willamette Falls Locks" presented by Sandy Carter

6. "J.K. Who? Remembering J.K. Gill" presented by Dede Montgomery


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