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Clark County Fire District 3, serving Battle Ground, Hockinson and Brush Prairie, promoted two staff members and introduced a new fire inspector this month. Chris Drone is the new division chief for community risk reduction. Andrey Zalozh earned the title of captain in addition to firefighter/paramedic. Dawson Shoup had a lateral move from firefighter/EMT to fire inspector.

“Fire District 3 is expected to grow by 46 percent in the next 20 years,” said Chief Scott Sorenson. “These positions are important for community safety, and we were pleased to fill them with internal candidates.”

Drone started as the district’s first fire marshal in 2017 before being promoted to his current position. He was a plans examiner and lead deputy fire marshal with the city of Vancouver before joining District 3.

Zalozh joined the fire cadet program with a neighboring agency while in high school. He interned with District 3 in 2004 then served as a resident firefighter volunteer, and was hired full-time in 2014. Zalozh is originally from the Ukraine, and emigrated as a teenager with his family to Clark County in 1998.

Shoup started as a fire cadet while attending Union High School. He worked his way up to intern and then a volunteer firefighter by 2019. District 3 hired Shoup as a full-time firefighter in 2020.

Evergreen Habitat for Humanity recently announced newly elected board members and officers for 2022. Officers include President Brad Eriksen, Vice President Andrea King, Treasurer Stacia White and Secretary Olivia Ramos. Newly elected board members are John DiVittorio, Mojgan Kasraei, Mike Selig, Holly Valkama and Ashley Webb.

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