By South County Fire  |  Press Release

Battalion Chief David Wells has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Training at South County Fire.

Wells will oversee training programs for more than 300 employees of South County Fire. Wells will also be responsible for continuing regional fire service collaboration efforts to enhance programs, reduce duplicated efforts and promote effective interagency operations at emergency incidents.

“Throughout his career, Deputy Chief Wells has been a leader in the fire station, at emergency incidents and on the drill ground. He has the right combination of experience, skills and knowledge to make sure our team is well trained and prepared to safely and effectively serve the people of south Snohomish County,” said Fire Chief Thad Hovis.

Wells joined Snohomish County Fire District 1 in 2003 as a firefighter/paramedic and rose through the ranks as five local fire departments combined to become South County Fire. He served as a captain in the training division for four years prior to his promotion to battalion chief earlier this year.

Prior to his service in Snohomish County, he worked as an emergency medical technician in Massachusetts and as a paramedic and flight medic employed by Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where his duties included working with and supporting the 54th Medical Detachment.

Wells earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Gordon College in Massachusetts and his paramedic certification at Tacoma Community College.

South County Fire provides fire and emergency medical services with 14 neighborhood fire stations serving more than 250,000 residents of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and unincorporated south Snohomish County.

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