The Board of Fire Commissioners

The vision, forethought, and determination to provide the highest possible level of services are major factors in the success that Fire District #25 enjoys. No fire and emergency services delivery system can be ultimately successful without policy makers who establish clear expectations for the level of service they expect.  The Board of Fire Commissioners have made it clear that they expect exceptional service, but are also extremely interested in a system that is mutually beneficial for all of the District’s partners.

Kerry Abercrombie

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Kerry has been part of the Renton community for the past 32 years.  He has served as a King County Fire District #25 Commissioner since early 2014.   Kerry became involved with Renton’s Fire and Emergency Services to give back to his community, to share a common interest with his son who is a firefighter/paramedic on Bainbridge Island, and to represent his friends and neighbors to ensure excellent fire services for years to come.

Kerry’s career started with a BS degree in Marine Fishery Biology and a unique job at Sea World as Marine Mammal Specialist.  In 1982, he returned to school and obtained a 2nd BS in Computer Science.  This later degree allowed him to move to Renton to work at PACCAR as a computer programmer and later as part of PACCAR’s management team.  Kerry moved on from PACCAR to Weyerhaeuser, eventually to John L. Scott, and now into semi-retirement.  He has put in thousands of hours working with the youth of our community and 15 years at 5-Star as coach, sports director, vice president and president.

Kerry lives in King County Fire District #25 with his wife Kim (of 35 years), and is only a stone’s throw away from Briarwood, Maywood and Liberty where his two children attended school and graduated from.  Upon their H.S. graduation, both attended Western Washington University, each graduating with B.S.’s in their fields of interest.

Kerry sees the formation of the Renton Regional Fire Authority (RRFA) improving Fire and Emergency services for Renton.  Since the RRFA now has a stable funding model, longer term planning and execution of services will only get better providing quicker response times, greater community involvement and creative “out of the box” thinking, taking Renton’s Fire and Emergency services to the next level.

Ray Barilleaux

Ray Barilleaux

Ray Barilleaux was born in Weeks Island, Louisiana in 1936, and moved to the Renton area with his parents in 1949. He graduated from Renton High School in 1954. He was a member of the baseball team, and enjoyed playing on local teams for years after.

In January 1955, Ray joined the United States Air Force serving four years active duty, and four years inactive. He was assigned to the Security Service spending time in Japan, the Philippines and a short time in California. In 1959, after leaving the military, Ray enrolled at the University of Washington while working part time at Pacific Car and Foundry in Renton. He married and had a son Michael, who also graduated from Renton High School in 1977.

In November 1961 Ray joined the Renton Fire Department and remained there until retiring in March 1998, with over thirty six years of service. Ray went from Firefighter to Lieutenant and Captain, and upon retirement he held the rank of Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief he was the first full time Emergency Management Director for the City in charge of preparedness planning and disaster recovery. He coordinated these operations with State, County and FEMA agencies. Ray was also the coordinator for the Department’s Underwater Search and Rescue Team.

In 2000 Ray ran for and was elected to the board of Commissioners for King County Fire District #25. In 2006 he was re-elected to a second six year term. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Renton High School Excellence in Education organization.

Ray currently lives in King County Fire District #25 area with his wife Marge and together they have three children and three grandchildren.

Myron Meikle

Myron Meikle

Myron graduated from Inglewood High School in Southern California in September of 1976.  He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1976 – 1986 with 3 & 1/2 years aboard the Cutter Munro and the remainder of the time as Coxswain (Skipper) of a 41 foot Search and Rescue Patrol Boat based out of Seattle, WA.  After leaving active duty, he joined the Seattle Fire Department in 1980.  In 1987, he was assigned to the Hazardous Materials Response Team.  Myron attended South Seattle Community College where he received an AA degree in Business.

In 2000 he became part of a new company started by firefighters. The Emergency Response Training Institute or ERTI is a training agency which conducts training for state, government and private industries in the areas of hazardous materials, technical rescue and scenario based counter terrorism exercises. Myron was the Hazardous Material Program Manager until 2014

In 2014, he started Response Solution Inc. (RSI).  RSI was started to provide Washington State hospitals with emergency preparedness training such as Mass Casualty Decontamination, Command and Control, and scenario development.  Myron is an International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Master Instructor and has served as a member of the Washington State Technical Advisory Group for Hazardous Materials.

From 2004 – 2009, Myron served as a member of the FEMA PEP POD program on Pod Support Team 3.  This is one of nine deployable response teams throughout the United States responsible for delivering emergency equipment and technical expertise to disasters or terrorism events around the county.

Myron currently lives in Renton with his wife.  He has three grown children and three granddaughters.  He was involved in scouting for 13 years, along with other activities throughout the years.

In 1998, he was elected as one of three Fire Commissioners for King County Fire District 25, where he’s still serving.

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