STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Medford Fire Chief announces his coming retirement

Chief Brian Fish will be stepping down effective December 1 of this year.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 11:19 AM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 7:01 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fish will be retiring later this year, he announced at a press conference at Fire Station 3 on Wednesday morning.

Chief Fish will step down effective December 1, 2019, having served the city of Medford for more than 30 years.

“Being able to have a positive impact on the community’s lives has been the best part of working at the City. When our community members are having a bad day or find themselves in an emergency situation, we have the opportunity to help make their day just a little bit brighter,” Fish said.

Fish has served as Medford’s fire chief since 2014, and celebrated 30 years of service to the City in January.

He began his career as a firefighter in 1989, working at several fire stations in the Medford area before being promoted to Captain in 1995. He became Training Chief in 1997. In 2014, Fish rose to Deputy Chief of Operations before jumping again to become Chief of Medford Fire-Rescue.

“Chief Fish has served the City of Medford for the past 30 years with a high level of professionalism and integrity. We are fortunate to have Chief assist in the selection of his successor. His retirement is much deserved and he will be greatly missed,” said City Manager Brian Sjothun.

According to the City of Medford, the department built three new fire stations, improved safety practices for fire personnel — including the establishment of a cancer prevention program — and strengthened relationships with community organizations as well as neighboring fire departments under Chief Fish's leadership.

Fish will be aiding the City in recruiting, selecting and transitioning to a new fire Chief in the coming months.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 11454

Reported Deaths: 232
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah273072
Marion177053
Washington176420
Umatilla9377
Clackamas92527
Union3682
Lincoln3625
Malheur2861
Lane2813
Deschutes2370
Yamhill1799
Jackson1730
Linn17210
Polk17112
Jefferson1600
Klamath1311
Morrow1311
Wasco1061
Benton1056
Hood River1030
Douglas580
Clatsop550
Josephine551
Coos520
Columbia470
Lake240
Crook181
Tillamook160
Wallowa130
Baker90
Curry90
Sherman30
Harney20
Gilliam10
Grant10
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 310885

Reported Deaths: 6955
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1274393744
Riverside24765537
Orange22650412
San Diego18863420
San Bernardino18275304
Imperial7759132
Fresno762787
Alameda7485147
San Joaquin627968
Kern619597
Santa Clara5863166
Tulare5678152
Sacramento515279
Contra Costa446088
Stanislaus436450
San Francisco431650
Ventura409353
Santa Barbara386829
San Mateo3846112
Marin336430
Kings285539
Monterey241918
Solano207528
Merced179312
Sonoma156114
Placer102111
San Luis Obispo9054
Madera8578
Yolo83928
Santa Cruz5373
Napa4774
Butte3384
Sutter3374
San Benito3112
El Dorado3070
Lassen2610
Shasta1766
Humboldt1654
Glenn1640
Nevada1631
Yuba1633
Lake1081
Mendocino1070
Colusa1030
Tehama981
Calaveras670
Tuolumne640
Del Norte600
Mono491
Siskiyou410
Amador360
Inyo341
Mariposa311
Plumas170
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 63°
Brookings
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 68° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 53°
Crater Lake
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 53°
Grants Pass
Clear
59° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 59°
Klamath Falls
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 53°
Sunny & seasonal Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events