Manson’s Firefighters are the backbone of our community, and we value each and every committed volunteer. As an agency we recruit men & women to be volunteers of all ethnic backgrounds. We also have a Junior Firefighter program starting at age 16 for those who want to learn the basics in structural, wildland firefighting training. Jr. Firefighters are allowed to respond to fire calls, observe and in some cases perform light duties where hazards are minimized.
Not everyone has to train in all the risks we face. Training covers; Structural interior and Wildland, Hazardous Materials, Water Rescue, Driver Training, and Emergency Medical Technician. Our goal is to promote quality training opportunities, giving our members the confidence and experience they need to succeed. The Manson Fire Department advocates team-oriented values and respects each volunteer’s capability.
We will be rotating different volunteers monthly, so check back on this page and
“Get to know your Volunteers”.
Assistant Chief Kermit McClellan
Kermit has been a dedicated firefighter with the Manson Department since 1994, living in Manson for the past 39 years. He main job is with Chelan County as a Roads Supervisor. He has a passion for restoring automobiles and enjoys spending time with his family. Kermit’s longevity to public service shows his desire to help people in need. His father was a retired firefighter with Okanogan Fire Department.
Firefighter/Peer Support Efren Alejo
Efren has lived in Manson for the past 27 years. He likes volunteering as a Firefighter and is a part of the departments Peer Support program. He enjoys giving back to the community and to be available for any families in crisis. His goals are to learn more about fire safety and to become a Chaplain for the Manson Department providing support to the community any way possible. Efren is currently a Pastor at a local church here in Manson and on his off time he enjoys playing music and doing outdoor family activities.
Firefighter/EMT Aaron Richmond
Aaron has lived in the Manson area for the past five years originally from Junction City, Oregon. He has worked in the same line of work for the past 27 years in Venture capital. Aaron enjoys spending time with wife and three children: golfing, hiking with his dogs, mountain biking, dirt biking, clay target shooting. He has served as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT going on six years with the Manson Department and finds it “very rewarding being able to help people on their worst day.” He strives to learn new skills, continuing with his certifications for Fire and EMS service.
Firefighter Brian Whitney
Brian has been with the department since 2019 and finds it rewarding to serve his local community. He has lived in Manson for the past 21 years and enjoys family time, flyfishing and hiking. He works as a tile setter locally and goals are to continue volunteering as a firefighter, serving, and protecting the Manson community. Friends call him Big B!