The District’s Executive Management Team consists of four functional areas: Operations, Logistic, Community Risk Reduction/Long range planning, and Finance. The Operations, Logistics, and Planning areas are each overseen by an Assistant Chief. Each of these senior management positions report directly to the Fire Chief. This team of individuals has the day-to-day responsibility of overseeing all aspects of District services and activities. The Finance Division is overseen by a Finance Manager, which is civilian CPA position that does not hold a traditional fire service rank. The senior managers also attend all of the Board of Commissioner meetings. The Executive Management Team is augmented by an Office Assistant and an Administrative Assistant who fill a broad range of duties and responsibilities that support the entire organization. Organizational flowchart (PDF)
Ben Andrews, Fire Chief: Appointed to the position in August of 2015, Chief Andrews serves as the District’s Fire Chief. Chief Andrews has served in the fire and emergency services for over 29 years. He was hired by the Fire District in 2003 as the Assistant Chief of Operations & Training, serving in that role until promoted to the Fire Chief position. Chief Andrews has found a passion for both organizational and personnel development in the field of emergency services. He has a broad range of experiences ranging from small volunteer fire departments to mid-sized combination fire departments.
Chief Andrews has also served as a reserve deputy and is currently an Incident Commander Trainee on a Type III All-Hazard Incident Management Team. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Washington State University and recently graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is also a certified trainer for the Ken Blanchard Companies in Situational Leadership II. He and his wife, Leah, are actively involved in raising their two sons Aaron and Ryan. He stays active in missions programs at Sequim Community Church and assists his wife with the home schooling of their children. The family loves the outdoors and enjoys camping, hunting and spending time on the water.
Tony Hudson, Assistant Chief – Operations & Training: Chief Hudson was born in Port Angeles and raised in Sequim. He has been with Fire District 3 for thirty-one years. While still in high school, Tony started with the District as a volunteer firefighter/EMT. After high school, he worked for the Sequim Police Department as a police and fire dispatcher for three years; during which time, Tony remained an active volunteer firefighter/EMT with the Fire District. The District hired Tony as a career firefighter/EMT on July 1, 1988.
During his career with the District, Tony has held the positions of volunteer firefighter/EMT, career firefighter/EMT, shift captain, and assistant chief of training and operations, assistance chief of logistics, and assistant chief of fire prevention and investigations. Tony is committed to making Fire District 3 better every day and will tell all who ask that he loves coming to work every day. He is dedicated to serving the District’s citizens and the men and women with whom he serves. Tony, and his wife, Donna, have been married for twenty-five years and have two grown children, Jake and Hannah. They enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Eric Quitslund, Assistant Chief – Logistics: Chief Quitslund joined the District’s management team in August of 2015 as the Assistant Chief of Logistics where he is responsible for facility and fleet maintenance, administrative and IT services. He first entered the fire service in 1980 as a volunteer with the Poulsbo Fire Department. He became a career firefighter in 1983 with the Naval Subase Bangor Fire Department. In 1985, he became Poulsbo's f irst Firefighter/Mechanic, until promoted to Battalion Chief in 1987 as their first career Training Chief. In 1994 he transferred to North Kitsap Fire & Rescue as their Training Chief, where he was recruited to develop their training program. In 1999 he was recruited by South Kitsap Fire & Rescue to develop their training program and serve as their Training and Safety Officer. He also supervised the Facility Maintenance Division, Fire Prevention Bureau, administered grant programs, and served as a shift commander. He later moved to Clark County Fire District 6 to assume the role of Assistant Chief of Operations.
Chief Quitslund has an Associate degree in Fire Command Administration, a Bachelor degree in Fire Service Administration, with a minor in Public Administration, and has attended numerous National Fire Academy courses. He has served on several local, regional, and state organizations, and is credited with supporting the development of several regional training programs, county-wide incident management procedures, the State IFSAC certification and accreditation program, and much more.
Dan Orr, Assistant Chief – Risk Reduction & Planning: Chief Orr joined the District’s management team in December of 2015 as the Community Risk Reduction/Long Range Planning Chief. Chief Orr became interested in the fire service while stationed in Yuma Arizona in the Marine Corp. He started his fire service career in Pismo Beach, California as a paid – call firefighter. He held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal. Thirteen years later, he left Pismo Beach as the Fire Chief and became the Operations Chief for the City of Santa Maria. In his 15 year career with Santa Maria, he held the positions of Operations Chief, Shift Battalion Chief, and served as the Fire Chief for the last four years there.
Chief Orr is a certified Fire Officer and Chief Officer through the State of California. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education. He has traveled over the western United States teaching firefighting techniques, basic management, and leadership classes. He has been nicknamed “Chief Doom” by the President of the Board of Commissioners for Fire District 3. Chief Orr is active in teaching emergency preparedness throughout the County.
Alwynn Movius, Finance Manager: Alwynn has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and started her career in Public Accounting where she earned her CPA designation. After working as an auditor for several years, she served as the Finance Manager for an international relief and development organization where she had the opportunity to work in several third world countries. She has also been the Controller and then Chief Financial Officer of a start-up software company. Alwynn raised her children in Sequim and is originally from Fairbanks Alaska. She is really not the nerd you might think and loves to be outside or working on some creative project when she is not in her office.
Lori Coleman, Administrative Assistant: Lori was born and raised in Washington. She and her husband are active participants in raising their two beautiful children. Lori joined the management team in August of 2014 and enjoys being an integral part of the Fire District family. Lori previously worked as an Office Manager for a local medical clinic for the better part of 11 years. She also served as an elementary school PTA President for two years and before that, was the Fundraising Chair for a very active Non Profit Pre-School. Lori enjoys watching her kids grow up and spending time with friends and family.
Caity Karapostoles, Office Assistant: Caity grew up in the Stehekin Valley until splitting time in Olympia. Caity possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Counseling and an MBA in marketing. Caity and her husband Burt have raised three amazing children and now enjoy the role of grandparents with their four grand kids. For the past several years, Caity has worked for the Sequim School Sistrict as an administrative assistant. She has worked at the high school and middle school, overseeing the student government (ASB) programs and teaching student leadership. Caity previously served with the Fire District as a volunteer EMT.
Steve Jackson, Fire Code Technician: Steve joined the Fire District in February of 2015. Steve’s career began in retail sales. Steve spent 30 years working with facility maintenance contractors for the U. S. Navy. Steve served as an Engineering Technician, an Electronic Technician specializing in Fire Alarm Systems, and as Leadman of a 28 person crew. Steve then served for seven years as a Fire Inspector for Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue prior to joining District 3.
Steve holds an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License and is factory certified in five different addressable fire alarm systems. He is certified by the International Code Council as a Fire Inspector 1, Fire Inspector 2, and Fire Plans Examiner. And he is a member of the National Fire Protection Association. Having worked with and for multiple fire departments over the past 35 years, Steve ranks working with District 3 at the top. Steve enjoys helping our citizens and businesses to be as safe as possible through fire prevention along with accomplishing fire plan reviews for the City of Sequim and Clallam County.
Steve has been married for 43 years to his high school sweetheart Shannon (a former Special Education para-educator and a Registered Nurse). They have three children and 8 grandchildren. Steve has adopted a statement he aquired from the Sequim Fire Marshal/Building Official as his motto “Asking me to overlook a simple safety violation would be asking me to compromise my entire attitude toward the value of your life.”
Volunteer/Training Coordinator: Justin Grider is a recent transplant to Sequim from the arid Southwest state of New Mexico. Justin was born in Albuquerque, and raised in La Cueva, located in the Jemez (Hay-Mass) Mountains. Justin and his wife Cori have two children who keep them busy with projects and school. Their family enjoys the outdoors, camping, hunting, fishing, exploring and travel. With his Father serving as a Fire Chief and his Mother a dispatcher, Justin grew up in the fire service. Justin volunteered for many years before being hired by the Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) and continued to volunteer with La Cueva and Sandoval County Fire Departments for several years after becoming a career firefighter. During his LAFD career, Justin promoted through the ranks hitting every step on the way. He held the rank of Driver Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief, Training Division and the EMS Division. In addition, he acted in capacity as the Assistant Fire Chief of EMS and Training, retiring as the Deputy Chief. Justin has a degree in Fire Protection through Eastern New Mexico University. In addition, Justin worked closely with the New Mexico state Firefighter Training Academy, supporting the Academy’s efforts to become IFSAC accredited.