Fire Chief Brian VanCamp
Chief VanCamp has been a member of the South Bay Fire Department since 1973. He promoted through the ranks of the District from volunteer Firefighter to Deputy Chief, then being appointed as volunteer Fire Chief in 1996. He was hired in 1999 as the District’s first full-time career Fire Chief. Chief VanCamp was instrumental in the development of the Thurston Fire & Rescue Training Consortium (and is its present Chair) and currently serves as the Past-President of the Thurston County Association of Fire Chiefs. He is also a member of the South Puget Sound Community College Fire & Emergency Services Technology Advisory Board and the Thurston County Medic One Operations Committee. Brian is a graduate of Washington State University, the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program and has received the Chief Fire Officer Designation.
Chief VanCamp is a Thurston County “Thurstoneer” as his ancestor Franz family were pioneers in the Lacey area. He is married and has a daughter attending college. In his spare time, he likes travel, fine dining and outdoors activities. He is also interested in railroading hobbies including modeling, history and photography. Email Chief VanCamp at email@example.com.
“It been a pleasure to work with the fine folks in the department over the years and watch it grow into a very professional organization serving our citizens today!”
Assistant Chief Greg Kessel
Chief Kessel has been with the South Bay Fire Department for over twenty five. He’s lived in the South Bay area since 1984; began his volunteer career with the Department in 1987; then was hired as a full time employee in 1993. His primary duties are Facilities and Apparatus Maintenance as well as coordinating the Department’s Safety Program.
Greg has three wonderful kids, two of which are attending college and one who is a student at North Thurston High School. In his spare time he enjoys camping, boating, motorcycle riding, gardening and spending time with his family.
Chief Kessel also works as an assistant football coach for a local high school and a high school wrestling referee. Email Chief Kessel at firstname.lastname@example.org
“The South Bay Fire Department is a terrific place to volunteer! If you’re interested in serving your community, our incentives, outstanding training and fun atmosphere help to make it worth your time. We look forward to having you join our great Department!”
Assistant Chief Brent McBride
Chief McBride grew up on Johnson Point and started volunteering in 2000. In 2008 he was hired on as our Assistant Chief in charge of Training & Safety programs. In 2010 he took over as the Assistant Chief of Operations and oversees the incident response for District 8. In his free time, Chief McBride enjoys spending time with his wife, traveling, skiing, and boating. Chief McBride also donates his time to Fire Fighters Crossing Borders, an organization that travels to Mexico to provide training and much needed supplies to fire departments there. Email Chief McBride at email@example.com.
Assistant Chief Brandon LeMay
Chief LeMay joined the South Bay Fire Department in October of 2010, as the Training and Safety Officer. He has been in the fire service since 1996 when he graduated from the Louis F. Garland Fire Training Academy in San Angelo, TX. As a U.S. Air force firefighter he has been stationed in Texas, Kansas, Korea, Missouri, Massachusetts, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Prior to his employment with SBFD, Brandon was a Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal with the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office. Brandon has received the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation, his National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification and is a graduate of the University of New Haven, CT, where he received two Bachelor’s Degrees; to include a B.S. in Fire Administration and a B.S. in Fire/Arson Investigation with a minor in Criminal Justice. Brandon, his wife Belle and their son’s Dylan and Ayden live in Lacey, WA. Brandon and his family enjoy traveling, meeting new people, camping, and most other outdoor activities. Email Chief LeMay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
District Secretary Heidi Stumpf
Heidi joined the Department in 2006. She came with experience from having been a school secretary with the Yelm School District for 20 years. Since joining the Fire Service, Heidi has been active as a Board member with the Thurston County Fire Services Support Association and a committee member for the Washington Fire Administrative Support group under the Washington Chiefs’ Association.
Ms. Stumpf plays a dual role in the Department as the District Secretary, managing administrative functions in the office, and serves as confidential Secretary to the Board (as defined by RCW 52.14.080), providing clerical, administrative and financial support to the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Heidi lives in Yelm with her husband. She has grown children and step-children. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and camping with her husband. Email Secretary Stumpf at email@example.com.