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In January, 2004, Thad was promoted to the rank of Fire Chief on Vashon Island. Previously he had been Battalion Chief of Training and Safety for Vashon Island Fire & Rescue where he had served for nearly six years. He began his fire service career at Skagit County Fire District 5 (Allen) where many of his immediate family still serves, or has served. He was active in the fire service for over twenty (20) years rapidly moving through the ranks from volunteer to Fire Chief. He served as an EMS Coordinator and Firefighter for Snohomish County Airport Fire Department and as a Lieutenant with the City of Sedro Woolley. Thad is the past Chair of numerous fire training and educational committees. His credentials allowed him opportunities to instruct fire science at all levels in the State system including the Washington State Fire Academy.

Thad traveled to the United Kingdom as a Rotary International Ambassador representing the fire sevice from the Northwest and Canada in 1996. He was invited by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs to teach a class on thermal imaging at their 96th Annual Conference in 2002 and was again invited to speak in 2003.

He was a member of the Washington State Fire Chiefs Association, King County Training Officers Association, and was a very active member of Gilda's Club of Seattle, as well as many other service organizations. Thad was widely recognized for his fire service leadership in both the Skagit Valley and on Vashon Island.

Thad displayed boundless energy and enthusiasm for his two life passions, family and the fire service. Even his devastating illness could not hold down his desire for teaching. He remained active to the very end. His unsinkable spirit will be an inspiration to fire service leaders for decades into the future.

Thad was especially passionate about providing opportunities for preparing enthusiastic volunteer firefighters for a career in the fire service. In observance of his final wish and in lieu of flowers, Thad requests a donation to the Thad Dahl Memorial Firefighter Training Fund. Donations can be sent to the fund at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue. 206-463-2405

His family also included all his firefighter colleagues throughout the State of Washington, the United States, and England.

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