Fire Chief John Clark
Fire Chief John Clark was appointed the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief on March 16, 2020. Prior to accepting the Chief’s position in Baker City, John was Fire Chief in Baker City, Oregon. Chief Clark’s focus is on improvement of NWFR's firefighter recruitment/retention program and strategic implementation of progressive delivery of quality Fire & EMS services.
Chief Clark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Engineering from University of Cincinnati and a Master’s Degree in Safety Administration from University of Eastern Kentucky. Additionally, Clark is a certified Fire Officer III, Paramedic, Fire Instructor I, Fire Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector and Professional Emergency Manager.
Chief Clark, and his wife Gina, have quickly settled into life on Whidbey Island and have recently purchased their first home here!
Division Chief of Operations
Battalion Chief (BC) Chris Swiger joined the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue department as Battalion Chief in October of 2014. BC Swiger began firefighting in Oregon in 1980 and went on to become a firefighter with the US Air Force from 1987 to 1994. In 1994, BC Swiger began working with the department of defense and the department of energy in Nevada as a firefighter until coming to Whidbey Island.
BC Swiger is a nationally, and Washington State, certified EMT. He is also has his Fire Officer III, Fire Service Instructor III, Haz-Mat Technician, Fire Inspector, Trench Rescue, Structural Collapse, High Angle and Confined Space Technician certifications.
BC Swiger has been married for 31 years to his wife Leah. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. He loves living on Whidbey Island and has enjoyed the friendly community of this area.
Jim O’Connor has been with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue for 16 years. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee in support of the Army Special Forces. He then went on to obtain his BS in Business Administration.
Jim’s professional background includes communications sales and sales management as well as a professional trainer and training consultant for Motorola. Jim trained employees, as well as public safety agencies and federal government military bases, on radio communications systems and 911 dispatch centers. He was also a consultant for Motorola in developing emergency communications plans for these same customers.
Jim has an extensive career in boating and boat handling. He is a retired coxswain in the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and was qualified to work on Coast Guard boats. Jim also worked as a chief engineer on a 90’s commercial fishing boat. He was a boat captain delivering 180’ yachts up and down the West coast and was a charter captain for a local yacht charter company. After being asked to write the specifications for a new Marine Search and Rescue boat for NWFR and because of his life-long boating and training experience Jim became interested in and joined NWFR to be part of the MSAR program. He has since become a firefighter, EMT and Captain of Fire Stations 23 and 24 as well as Captain of the MSAR program. Jim is also certified as a Fire Investigator.
Division Chief of Special Ops
Captain Cameron Kiyokawa
Cameron was raised on a apple/pear orchard in the Hood River Valley, in Oregon, and grew up playing sports. During high school he was the lacrosse team captain and began volunteering at Parkdale Fire Department. He started his volunteering with the fire department in 2006 and by 2010 had obtained his EMT license.
As a firefighter/EMT, Cameron has served as an engine captain with the Oregon Department of Forestry for 7 seasons based out of The Dalles Unit. Also, he co-coordinated a regional volunteer fire academy. That fire academy served 10 different agencies and graduated around 80 recruits in the 3 years before he moved for a career job.
Cameron first stepped into career firefighting and EMT work with the Baker City(OR) Fire Department. While with Baker City he was able to obtain his Oregon EMT-Intermediate certification. His next step has been to join the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue fire department as our training officer. He looks forward to being on Whidbey Island and making this his home.
Lieutenant Mike Reinstra
Mike was born and raised on Whidbey island. He graduated in 2001 from Oak Harbor high school. He married his high school sweetheart and they have 3 wonderful children. Mike enjoys time with his family, being outdoors and also being with close friends around the campfire.
While in high school, Mike became a part of the North Whidbey Fire and Rescue high school program. He began his volunteering in November 1999 and continued his volunteerism through September of 2019. In September 2019 Mike moved from volunteering to be the first full time firefighter/EMT hired at NWFR. He is looking forward to continuing his work with NWFR and growing in his knowledge to serve his family, community and friends.
Administrative Manager/Board Secretary
Monica joined North Whidbey Fire & Rescue in 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources. She has over ten years of customer service experience and over three years in finance with several financial institutions. Monica is a proud military spouse with three small children.
As administrative manager, Monica serves as assistant to the Fire Chief. She manages administrative, clerical and technical details for the district and serves as office manager for the district’s administrative team. She ensures the operations and procedures for bookkeeping, preparation of payroll, personnel information management, filing systems, accounts payable and accounts receivables. She compiles data and other information for inclusion into periodic and special reports. Also, as board secretary she prepares commissioner meeting agenda items and backup support materials. She is also a Washington state notary.
Meredith joined North Whidbey Fire and Rescue in October of 2019. She has lived on Whidbey Island since 2004 and follows in the tradition of family members who paved the way. First, her aunt and grandmother moved to the area in the 90's and then her parents arrived in the early 2000's. She loves everything about the Island, especially paddleboarding.
Prior to being with NWFR, Meredith worked with Youth Dynamics as a program director. The skills and tools from that job have translated well to working in the fire district. As the administrative assistant she works closely with the Chief's, the administrative manager, the staff and community members. She highly values communication and organization.
Firefighter Tyler Rico
Tyler was born into a military family and has called Oak Harbor home for almost 3 decades. To this day he continues to aspire to serve his home town in any way he can. He is a volunteer firefighter dedicated to serving his community and has been an active volunteer firefighter for almost 5 years. Recently he began working in the administrative office allowing him more time to better assist his community.
Tyler has a large family and one dog. He has begun the process of training his dog to become a search and rescue dog. Tyler enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.