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Mark Thompson  
SKFR Board of Fire Commissioners
Title: Vice Chair

Mark Thompson was originally elected in November 1999, re-elected in 2005, 2011 and 2017, his current term expires December 31, 2023. He became a fire commissioner for Federal Way Fire Department on January 1, 2000, and filled the position held by retiring Commissioner Bill Martin. His reason for running was to provide input into the system which bestows quality emergency services and to ensure that the organization attains a new Insurance Rating Classification for our community. Interaction with our public partners is of paramount concern in order to make sure the communities that South King Fire and Rescue serve have uninterrupted service during natural and manmade disasters or incidents; and that we inform our citizen customers what they can do to help themselves during disasters of all types.

Mark has been involved with the Washington State Fire Commissioners Association Board of Directors for the last seven years as the Regional Director representing Region Six, which encompasses all fire districts and Regional Fire Authorities (RFA's) in King County. He is also involved with the King County Fire Commissioners Association, currently serving as the President and was instrumental in developing and teaching a Fire Commissioner 101 classes for all newly elected or appointed fire commissioners in King and surrounding counties.

Mark attended the Bates Technical College Fire Service Training program and became a resident volunteer fire fighter with Fire District 32, Redondo-Mirror Lake, at the fire station located at 1405 SW 312th Street, Federal Way, Washington 98023, and attained the rank of captain. He also worked as a fire fighter and as a lieutenant in the Seattle Fire Department Fire Alarm Center, Beacon Hill, Rainier Valley, West Seattle, SODO Industrial area, and downtown. Mark was also assigned for a time on the Fireboats Duwamish, Alki, and Chief Seattle. He was an active member in the Seattle Fire Department for 25 1/2 years. Mark also served as the Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief for the Edgewood Fire Department, Pierce County Fire District 8 until 1996 and was actively involved in Pierce County Fire Chief's Association and Zone wide 6 as the  Emergency Management Coordinator.  Was a charter member of the Pierce County Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team and served as the  CISM Team Manager for many years.

Mark has been active with the Federal Way/Puyallup Elks for 47 years.

Mark has lived in the Federal Way community since July of 1969 and currently in the 5 Mile Lake area for over 30 years, has been married for 44 years.  Mark and his wife Bonnie love to camp, hunt, and travel whenever possible. 

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