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Fire Chief Thomas Miller

Chief Tom Phelps

Chief Miller started with Philomath Fire & Rescue on February 19, 2016. Chief Miller is a 26 year veteran of the fire service. For the last 2 years Chief Miller was Fire Chief at Hays County Emergency Service District #6, in Dripping Springs, Texas, and was also the Hays County Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator.  He has an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Pikes Peak Community College, a Bachelor's Degree in Vocational-Technical Education from Pittsburg State University, as well as a Fire Service CEO from Texas A&M. Chief Miller holds the following certifications from the Texas Commission of Fire Protection: Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor III Master, Fire Officer IV, Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector, Wildland Firefighter-Intermediate, Fire Safety Officer and Driver/Operator- Pumper, and EMT-Basic from Texas Department of Health Services.

Chief Miller has been married to his wife, Melissa, for 31 wonderful years. They have two grown children, Andrew and Briana, and a granddaughter, Peyton, who is 7 years old. Chief Miller and his wife also have family here in Oregon, making the move to Philomath an opportune transition to be closer to family and the coast.

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We rely on our cadre of volunteer fire and EMS responders, 3 Career Firefighters, Deputy Chief, Fire & Life Safety Captain, and the Fire Chief to provide the manpower to cover the needs of the community. In addition to emergency response, our volunteers provide medical and fire standby at events, help with fire and life safety education around the community and attend regular training to keep their skills and knowledge current.  There are three Resident Volunteer Firefighters who live at Station 201.  Philomath’s main fire station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing immediate response to all types of emergencies. 

Philomath Fire & Rescue personnel consistently participate in continuing education. In addition to basic fire and medical emergencies, services we provide include search and rescue, vehicle rescue (extrication), BLS emergency medical services, and hazardous material response.

PF&R provides a wide range of public education and prevention services. The department remains committed to the safety and health of all Philomath residents and visitors and responds accordingly.

Philomath Fire & Rescue Personnel for Station 201

Name  Position/Medical Certification   Hire Date

  • Tom Miller - Fire Chief / EMT    February 19, 2016
  • Doug Lilja- Deputy Chief/Training Officer/Intermediate    February 6, 1998
  • Rich Saalsaa - Fire & Life Safety Captain/EMT   August 27, 2015
  • Scott Moser - Firefighter/Paramedic    June 17, 2015
  • Bryan Crocker - Firefighter Lieutenant/EMT   January 30, 2016
  • Victor Haney - Firefighter Lieutenant/EMT   June 27, 2016
  • Lillee Rodriguez - Administrative Assistant    June 8, 2015