Meet the Chief

Fire Chief Rich Llewellyn 

 Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department


Chief Llewellyn joined Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical in 2022 after serving for several decades with various Washington state fire agencies. He began his fire service career with the Pullman Fire Services in 1996 after graduating from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Art in business administration. He was hired as a firefighter with the Spokane Valley Fire Department (SVFD) in 2000 and rose through the ranks to ultimately serve as the Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services. During his employment with the SVFD, he earned an Associate of Applied Science in advanced life support from Spokane Community College and a Master of Education in adult education from Eastern Washington University. In 2018, Chief Llewellyn was hired by the Everett Fire Department as the Assistant Chief of Administration. While at Everett, he completed a Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard University’s Extension School.

Chief Llewellyn has served in a wide variety of positions and roles throughout his career, including paramedic, company officer, technical rescue operator, safety and training officer, and battalion chief. His experience in incident management includes assignment as a safety officer on a Type 3 incident management team. He maintains credentials as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief EMS Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing. Chief Llewellyn is a 2019 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program where his research on community opioid usage patterns was recognized with a 2018 Outstanding Research Award.

Chief Llewellyn is excited to serve alongside the women and men of Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical as we focus on carrying out our promise to the Lawrence-Douglas County community. This promise is captured in our mission statement which reads that, “We are committed to saving and protecting lives and property through service to our community.”