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New training chief starts at Keizer Fire

Hector Blanco is on the job for the Keizer Fire Department (Submitted photo).

The Keizer Fire District has a new face of training.

Hector Blanco, formerly of Nevada , started as the division chief of training, health and safety late last month. He comes to Keizer Fire with 29 years of experience in fire service along with seven years served in the Air Force.

Blanco will move to Keizer with his wife Christine and youngest daughter Emma, age 11. His eldest daughter Jennifer works in Arizona as a police officer and his son Andrew works for the Division of Forestry in Reno, Nevada.

The training chief position has been vacant since Deputy Chief Kevin Wickman retired in March of 2009. Retired Battalion Chief Ken Dawson of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue has been the interim training chief since December. He has been coordinating and planning training.

“Chief Dawson did great work during the interim and we now look forward to working with Chief Blanco,” stated Chief Jeff Cowan. “I am very excited about his future here at Keizer Fire.”