Mike Wright started his career with Prineville Fire Department in March of 1976. In the 39 years to follow, Mike has epitomized what was to become the mission statement for Crook County Fire and Rescue
“…protect, preserve and support the people and property within its service area by using available resources in a manner that demonstrates fiscal and functional responsibility and accountability.”
Mike could be given the title Chief Protector. In his career he has ensured Prineville and the surrounding area was protected from fire. We have had a lot of significant fires in the last 39 years, well over 1,000. His family can attest, Mike has been instrumental in the extinguishment of almost all of them.
Mike could be given the title Chief Preserver. EMS has changed a lot in 39 years and Mike has changed with it. He became an EMT in April of 1975 and since then has trained generations of EMT’s and paramedics that have gone on to serve throughout Oregon. More importantly he has provided emergency care that preserved the life and families of generations of Prineville and Crook County residents. He has answered the call for help nearly 10,000 times.
Mike could be given the title Chief Supporter. Mike has supported the fire service by teaching countless hours of training all over Oregon. Mike has trained generations of firefighters that have gone on to serve their communities. More importantly, Mike has supported the then Prineville Fire Department and the now Crook County Fire and Rescue through good times and bad. His efforts ensured that emergency service was provided to his community. Without him there would have been many times that the fire engines and ambulances would not have responded.
Mike could have been given the title Chief of Fiscal and Functional Accountability. In his career Mike has saved the Fire Department 10’s of thousands of dollars by ensuring apparatus and equipment were maintained. He has demanded that the apparatus were equipped with what was needed and as Mike will famously say “we don’t need all that fancy sh**”. More importantly Mike has been proud to provide the community with thousands and thousands of volunteer hours over his 39 year career and now that he is a part time employee he sets the example of how much maintenance, work and training you can accomplish in a 12 hour shift.
Finally, we have proudly honored Mike Wright with the title of Volunteer Assistant Chief. An anticlimactic title that seems beneath his resume but one that I am sure Mike will proudly bear with the honor and commitment that Mike has had with everything he has done for our community.