Bellevue Fire Department names new chief

April 2, 2015

By Staff

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Bellevue City Manager Brad Miyake appointed interim Fire Chief Mark Risen as the permanent fire chief, effective immediately, the city announced March 24.

Miyake promoted Risen to the interim position last June, following the retirement of former Fire Chief Mike Eisner. Since that time, Miyake said, Risen has continued to move the department forward, striving for excellence.

“Over the past year, Chief Risen has proven to be a steady commander. This is the type of leader a department with a stellar performance record — like ours — needs,” Miyake said. “I could not be more proud of what Chief Risen has been able to achieve.”

Risen’s résumé includes 36 years as a firefighter, 32 of which have been with the Bellevue Fire Department, where he rose through the ranks from firefighter to firefighter/engineer, lieutenant, captain, battalion chief and deputy chief.

In addition to serving as interim fire chief in Bellevue for the past nine months, Risen was interim chief for six months at the Woodinville Fire Department.

The city of Newcastle contracts with the Bellevue Fire Department for its fire services.

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