Northwest NEWS

May 15, 2000

Local News

Bud Backer

Bud Backer, Fire Chief of Duvall, appointed Deputy Fire Chief for Woodinville

by Bronwyn Wilson

   As Fire Chief of Duvall for the last two-and-a-half years and with the district for 12 years, Bud Backer has a new job and will report to Woodinville Fire & Life Safety District in June as the city's new Deputy Fire Chief.

   In his new position, Backer will respond to large-type incidents, support Fire Chief Steve Smith, assist battalion chiefs, and become involved with operations of safety and disaster preparedness.

   Having served the Duvall Fire Department for twelve years, the new deputy chief comes to Woodinville with a beginning plan. "Just to go over there and do a great job for them," he said.

   Deputy Chief Backer lives in Duvall with his wife, Judy, and has two daughters, Sara, 23, and Lynn, 15. His favorite thing to do when not at the fire station is to putt, drive, and tee off at any number of the surrounding area's serene and green golf courses.

   He explains he was first bit with the firefighting bug when he signed up as a volunteer firefighter years ago in the Tri-Cities. "The bug bit me when I found out how much fun and rewarding it can be to help people in their true time of need," he said.

   Deputy Chief Backer has also worked as a Fire Protection Design Engineer, designing sprinkler and fire alarm systems for nuclear facilities at Hanford.

   Tendering his resignation effective June 2 as Duvall-King County Fire District 45 Fire Chief, Backer's accomplishments include implementing a fire prevention program for the city of Duvall, and the provision of 24-hour staffing at the main station with a crew consisting of a combination of career and volunteer firefighters.

   In Duvall, Captain John Lambert will fill in as Acting Chief while the board of commissioners considers its options for replacing the chief. Captain Lambert has been with the district for 17 years.

   For those wondering if fire stations still use fire poles, and if loyal Dalmatians still ride shotgun on the back of fire trucks, the new deputy clears this up. "Actually, the safety standards don't allow fire poles anymore," he said. And Dalmatians, Backer explains, are still used by some fire stations, but Duvall's Fire Department had to find a good home for the Dalmatian living there when it took a nip out of a passing pedestrian.

   Deputy Chief Backer begins his new job on June 5 and will be one of Woodinville's two Deputy Chiefs. Already serving in the other position is Deputy Chief Ed Nelson.

   The ground breaking for Woodinville's new fire station was held last Saturday.