KENMORE — The Northshore Fire Department has named Doug McDonald, a 29-year veteran of the fire service, as the Department’s new Deputy Chief of Operations.
The announcement follows an extensive national search to fill the position. The application and selection process involved members of the Department’s administration, Northshore’s Local 2459 Union, and outside community partners from across the state.
“Deputy Chief McDonald is an effective administrator with the ability to bring innovation to the Northshore Fire Department,” said Interim Fire Chief Greg Ahearn. “His proven track record of passion and performance will be an asset to our leadership team.”
McDonald has been serving as Operations Deputy Chief for the city of Bothell since June 2018. During this time, his position has been part of an Interlocal Agreement with the Northshore Fire Department for shared Deputy Chief services.
Before his employment with the city of Bothell, McDonald served 26 years with the city of Renton and Renton Regional Fire Authority. There he was promoted through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, and Operations Battalion Chief for the North Battalion.
“I look forward to working with the dedicated members of Northshore Fire Department and the community it serves,” McDonald said. “I have spent time over the last few months engaging with the Northshore employees. I have been impressed with the professionalism and talent within its ranks.”
McDonald has an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science and graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Planning Course. In 2019, he graduated from the University of Washington Foster Business School - Seattle Fire Department’s Executive Leadership Academy.
The Northshore Fire Department has been providing comprehensive fire prevention, education, and emergency fire suppression services to the residents of the cities of Kenmore and Lake Forest Park since 1942. Northshore Fire Department has two fire stations and provides service to an estimated 36,000 people.