New TVF&R chief rises through ranks
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue didn't look far to find its new chief, selecting 24-year veteran Deric Weiss for the job.
The fire district's board of directors this week promoted the assistant chief to replace Fire Chief Mike Duyck when he retires on June 30, 2019.
Weiss was among several internal candidates who spent the past two months participating in assessment activities, listening sessions and interviews with elected officials, union representatives, executive staff and community leaders, according to a press release.
"The most important thing a fire district board will do is choose a fire chief," said Clark Balfour, board president. "I've personally been on TVF&R's board for more than two decades, and this is only the second time we've conducted this process. We believe it is critical that our next fire chief continues the stable leadership, sound business practices and community-focused service that Chief Duyck has maintained over the past eight years."
Weiss has held multiple ranks at the fire district since first becoming a firefighter 24 years ago including lieutenant, captain, battalion chief, division chief and assistant chief. Most recently, he has overseen all of the district's emergency operations, which includes 27 fire stations, two operating centers, three specialty teams (water rescue, hazardous materials and technical rescue) and 432 firefighters and paramedics.
"Chief Weiss and the other candidates were put to the test these past months," Duyck said. "I'm proud to say that they all have the skills, heart and tenacity to be a fire chief. Most importantly, they share a fierce commitment to the people we're sworn to serve."
Weiss has an associate degree in fire science and is in the process of obtaining his bachelor's degree. He holds numerous certifications in emergency operations and is an Oregon-certified emergency medical technician. He has been involved in many local and statewide fire service initiatives including emergency communications, dispatch, hazardous materials response, intergovernmental affairs and interoperability.
Weiss serves as a member of the board of directors for the Oregon Fire Chief's Association.
Over the next six months, Weiss will work alongside Duyck to ensure a smooth transition. They will focus on fire district policy, funding, deployment and the organization's strategic goals. Both chiefs also will visit with city councils and community groups prior to Duyck's departure.
Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is headquartered in Tigard, but its service area covers parts of four counties, extending as far west as North Plains. The district entirely surrounds Hillsboro, which is served by its own municipal fire department.