Mike Duyck is the Fire Chief/Chief Executive Officer of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R), Oregon’s largest fire district, with a service area covering nine cities and portions of three counties. He is responsible for a progressive combination agency comprised of over 425 career firefighters and support staff, and about 60 support volunteers, who provide fire, emergency medical, and specialty rescue services to approximately 450,000 citizens.
Chief Duyck has over 28 years experience in the fire service, starting his firefighting career at Washington County (OR) Fire District #2, and later joining the City of Lake Oswego (OR) Fire Department in 1988. He joined TVF&R in 1995 and became Fire Chief in September 2010. He has served in all ranks of emergency services as well as fleet services, human resources, logistics, emergency management, and government affairs.
Chief Duyck has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Fire Science. He holds numerous certifications in emergency operations and is an Oregon-certified Paramedic. He has been designated as a Center for Public Safety Excellence Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and will complete the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program in 2014.
In addition to being elected as President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association in August 2014, he is Vice Chair of Oregon’s State Interoperability Executive Council, and Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Environmental Sustainability Committee. Chief Duyck is also involved in local, state, and national initiatives addressing emergency communications dispatch, interoperability, mobile healthcare, fire service innovation and technology, intergovernmental affairs, government efficiency and economic development.
In his personal time, Chief Duyck and his wife Ann enjoy watching their daughters’ basketball teams, and spending time on their small family farm.
TVF&R has been accredited since August 2000 by the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CPSE/CFAI). The agency has a long-standing history of being a data-driven organization. Under Chief Duyck’s leadership, it was one of the first fire agencies in the nation to implement an alternative response unit – a response car staffed with a single paramedic deployed on low acuity calls. Additionally, in 2011 TVF&R kicked off its data-driven community risk reduction initiative, in which crews at all 20 career fire stations analyze specific risks in their community and implement targeted solutions to help minimize life and property loss. In 2012, TVF&R implemented Oregon’s first PulsePoint mobile app as a means to dispatch CPR-trained citizen rescuers to the scene of public cardiac arrests occurring in their immediate vicinity. The app is anticipated to help increase TVF&R’s cardiac survival rate, which has ranged between 11-23 percent for the past several years.