While the Hoquiam Fire Department does not have a permanent Fire Chief, they have announced the appointment of a new Assistant Fire Chief.
Interim Fire Chief Tom Hubbard, who serves as chief for the Aberdeen Fire Department and lends his services to Hoquiam, tells KXRO that the Hoquiam Fire Department and Mayor Ben Winkelman are announcing that Hoquiam Fire Department Captain Matt Miller will be appointed to the position of Assistant Fire Chief of the Hoquiam Fire Department effective November 1, 2020.
In the statement from Hubbard, he says Captain Miller participated in an executive level interview on September 30 and the interview panel confirmed that he was more than suited to assume the leadership role.
Captain Miller began his career with the Hoquiam Fire Department in March 1999 and has held every rank within the department since that time. Hubbard says that Miller serves as a member of the department’s training committee and recently has been an integral part of the Aberdeen and Hoquiam Regional Fire Authority planning process.
In addition to this promotion, Hoquiam Firefighters Local 315 announced that Engineer/Paramedic Rich McMinn has now been promoted to Captain.