Captain JW Roberts Promoted to Battalion Chief

Today Captain JW Roberts was sworn in as the newest Battalion Chief for Umatilla County Fire District # 1 and will assume the duties of shift commander on B-shift April 4th. JW was born and raised in Hermiston and spent time as a volunteer firefighter for both Hermiston and Umatilla Rural Fire District before being hired in Hermiston full time in 2003. JW worked as a Lieutenant prior to becoming the Districts Captain/EMS Coordinator in September of 2014.

JW will retain his EMS coordinator duties as well until the District hires that position this coming fall or winter. JW has worked hard to forward our emergency medical preparedness and response capabilities and this past winter was vital in working with Good Shepherd Medical Center to obtain additional cardiac monitor/defibrillators. JW also works closely with our Dispatch center always working towards improving services to the citizens of UCFD1. JW’s daughter Piper has the honor of pinning his badge and collar pins. Congratulations Battalion Chief JW Roberts.