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About Us

The Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) was formed in 1891 by a group of fire chiefs who were concerned about meeting the increasing demands on their limited resources. They believed that a collective approach to problem solving would be more productive and effective than their individual efforts alone. Their initiatives started the fire prevention codes and ordinances, standards for fire suppression equipment, firefighting procedures, and training processes.

128 years later, WFCA’s purpose and core values remain the same. We pursue the protection of life and property by leadership, education and support for our members and affiliate organizations.

Why We Started This Program

We’ve come to the realization that many leaders in the fire service aren’t actively seeking new opportunities. The risk is too great to be 1 of 100 applicants that all look good on paper. We started this program with the support of our network of fire chiefs, and our access to up and coming leaders throughout the west.

The Team

For each of our recruitments, our CEO and Recruiting Director will match you with a two-member Recruitment Project Team that manages the recruitment from start to finish and supports your agency throughout the entire process. The Team is comprised of a Recruitment Advisor, a leader in public safety that will manage high-level operations, and a Recruitment Coordinator, a staff member that will screen candidates, handle logistics, and will be your main point of contact. 

Chief Jeff Johnson, WFCA CEO

Chief Jeff Johnson (Ret.) is the CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA), and the Past President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). He retired as Fire Chief and Chief Executive Officer of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) following a 32-year fire service career. Chief Johnson is nationally known as an innovator and ambassador for excellence in public safety, has authored two fire service books and is a featured guest lecturer across the nation.

Anne Razo, Recruiting Director

Anne Razo serves the Western Fire Chiefs Association (WFCA) by promoting its various business units as the Business Development Director. She has supported leaders in the fire service through her various managerial roles within WFCA, including the Fire Service Bookstore and the Association Management division that supports the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association and the Northwest Leadership Seminar. Anne’s experience serving fire service leaders has allowed her to make valuable connections throughout the Western Division.

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