Fire Department Operations consists of three shift assignments: A, B, and C shifts. Currently there are three full-time career Fire Captains, who each work a 48/96 work cycle (2 days on/4 days off) and each fill one of the assigned shifts. Our daily staffing maintains a minimum of two firefighters on shift every day, this includes one career Fire Captain and one volunteer Firefighter 24/7 where they staff one Type I Engine. The WFD utilizes a Volunteer/Reserve Firefighter program to augment daily staffing up to a total of four personnel on the engine.


Career Staff:

  • Interim Fire Chief – Matthew Schechla
  • A Shift Captain, Fleet/Facilities & EMS – Cheyne Baumgart
  • B Shift Captain, Operations & Training – Matthew Schechla
  • C Shift Captain, Fire Prevention & Public Education – Art Mendoza


  • Captain – Terry Karlen
  • Battalion Chief -Ron Karlen
  • Lieutenant – Phil Hoag
  • Engineers:  Willie Barrera, Jeff Winslow

Volunteer Firefighters

Adrian RamirezEduardo PreciadoRon Karlen
Alexander MercerEric BeckleyRudy Valencia
Alfonso (Jr) MederosJeff WinslowRyan Hunt
Anthony PlasenciaJesus MarquezSteve Grisham
Arden ParkerJohn LaraTerry Karlen
Barbara KarlenJohn LoarcoTim Robins
Brian HuntJuan LopezTorin Eggers
Brian MadsenKyle VaudrinTomas Stiles
Bob WilliamsLuis HerreraVictor Diaz
Casey MeyersMelvin SelfWillie Barrera
Chris OsborneNick Hunter
Dave CallisonRigo Garcia