KFD Captain recognized at annual conference
Captain Bill Hoover, Kirkland Fire Department, received the American Professional Management Services Leadership Award. Capt. Hoover was nominated by the King County Fire Chiefs Association (KCFCA) Training Division. The award was presented at the International Conference for Fire & Rescue Executives held in Seattle in October 2014. Capt. Hoover was recognized for his 25-year fire service career (23 years with the City of Kirkland), including his achievements as the department’s Training Captain. His efforts have resulted in enhanced first responder standards, a program that tracks Firefighter exposures, and mentorship for new recruits. Hoover is admired within his organization and among his fellow fire and rescue colleagues. On a personal note, Capt. Hoover applied his strong leadership skills as a cancer survivor and created the Washington State Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network. The network seeks to raise cancer awareness and prevention, assists those dealing with cancer, and provides local resources. On behalf of the City of Kirkland and the Kirkland community, our greatest congratulations go to Capt. Hoover and our appreciation for his positive leadership, forward-thinking drive and dedication to fire and rescue.