Woodburn Fire District reported that Mitchell Raines was promoted to the rank of lieutenant during a ceremony held at the district's November board of directors meeting.
Lt. Raines is leading the firefighters assigned to the district's new peak activity fire engine that was put into service on Nov. 1.
WFD Chief Joe Budge said Raines is one of four career lieutenants that serve as the district's frontline supervisors responsible for maintaining 24-hour operational readiness for emergency response. The lieutenants supervise four-person crews, manage emergency scenes, train firefighters and ensure that policies and procedures are upheld while keeping firefighters safe and meeting the district's mission to protect the lives and property of those that live and work in Woodburn, Gervais and surrounding areas.
"Throughout his tenure with the district, Mitch has shown exemplary leadership skills," Budge said. "He takes the initiative at every opportunity to teach and train new volunteers and career members.
"Recently, Mitch jumped at the opportunity to run a six-week training academy for four new career firefighters who joined the district in September," Budge added.
The academy curriculum, which Raines developed, included rigorous academic and physical fitness components along with extensive training in firefighting and emergency medical procedures and the operation of the district's fire engines and equipment.
Raines is an eight-year veteran with the district. He has an associate's degree in fire protection technology.
"I have really enjoyed working and living in Woodburn for the last 8 years," Raines said. "It is exciting how quickly our community and our fire district are growing. I am honored to be a part of an organization like Woodburn Fire District and I am excited to lead WFD's newest fire company Engine 20."
Throughout his years of service, Raines has been the recipient of many awards and commendations, including Firefighter of the Year in 2016 and the Fire Chief's award of excellence in community service in 2019. He also received a Letter of Appreciation following completion of an intensive 14-month, 1,208-hour training program to achieve certification as a paramedic.
Budge said Raines will continue to serve as a paramedic when needed as part of the district's on-going commitment to advanced life support service that was approved by voters as part of a local option levy in 2018.
Raines lives in Woodburn with his wife Amber and their newborn son Trevor.
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