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Mukilteo Fire welcomes battalion chief and fire captain promotions

 

Kirk Galatas, Blake Engnes, and Troy Elmore with Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson and Mukilteo Fire Chief Chris Alexander. Galatas, Engnes, and Elmore were promoted to batallion chief on June 17.

In what was described as a “proud step forward” for the Mukilteo Fire Department, Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson administered the oath of office for three new battalion chiefs and two new fire captains at the June 17 Council meeting.

Family members – including daughters, sons, spouses and parents – pinned their new gold badges on their uniforms.

“The most important duty our city has is ensuring we live in a safe community,” Gregerson said. “We are so blessed to have these brave women and men working to keep us safe and healthy.”

The Mukilteo City Council approved the three battalion chief positions earlier this year. This is the first time the department has had battalion chief officers, which are normally front-line command positions. Previously the responsibilities were divided between an assistant chief and a contract with a neighboring department.

Promoted to battalion chief were Kirk Galatas, Blake Engnes, and Troy Elmore.

Promoted to Fire Captain were Jimmy Mewbourn and Kelli McNees.

All three battalion chief officers have over 20 years of experience with Mukilteo Fire. Captain Mewbourn spent 12 years as a volunteer for the department before being hired full time 11 years ago. Captain McNees becomes the department’s first female fire captain.

“I am both happy and proud today,” Fire Chief Chris Alexander said. “Happy that this event continues the growth of the Mukilteo Fire Department as a great small-town fire department. Proud that these members live out our vision of excellence in public service every day. They have done a great job with the promotional process and have been supported by the rest of the department and their family and friends at home to achieve this milestone.”

 

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