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Assistant Chief Donavon Mattern

In 1977, Donavon began his fire service career at Fire District 3 as a summer youth employee. In addition to serving the District, he volunteered five years for Fire District 13/NCEMS and worked 18 months as a part-time employee for American Ambulance. He has started many programs, associations, committees, and groups that provide service affecting fire prevention & education, training, EMS, and fire service certifications both locally and abroad.


Planning operations and safety for the Fire District are among Donavon's primary responsibilities. He is active with the State Accreditation and Certification program, and the Clark County Operations Division. Specific activities include interagency coordination of emergency resources, communications, and emergency response plans.

Donavon holds an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology (Portland Community College), is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Warner Pacific College). Donavon serves on the Clark Regional Communications Agency (9-1-1 dispatch, emergency services, and EMS) administrative board.

Donavon lives in Hockinson with his wife. He has three grown children and two grandchildren.