Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT – Laura Chester
Laura Chester’s career in the fire service began in 2008, when she became a seasonal wildland firefighter, while attending Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She then worked as a substitute teacher and coach during the school year and continued to fight fires during the summers. Laura spent a year and a half as a resident firefighter for East Olympia Fire District 6, before joining the North Mason Regional Fire Authority in spring of 2016. Laura was promoted to Lieutenant in January 2019. When not working, Laura and her husband Cody enjoy spending time on her family’s ranch in Lebam, Washington.
Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic – Jess Fulkerson
Jess Fulkerson began his experience with emergency services as a high school cadet at his hometown fire department in Montana. After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, he went on to work as an EMT in Oklahoma, followed by Wenatchee, Washington in the spring of 2000. While in Wenatchee, he worked as a volunteer and then full-time paid Firefighter/EMT. In 2003 Jess went to Paramedic school – graduating in 2004. He worked as a Paramedic with Lifeline Ambulance, while continuing to serve as a volunteer firefighter. He joined North Mason in February 2006, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2019. Jess looks forward to serving the North Mason Communities.
Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT Jeff Yates
Jeff Yates joined Mason County Fire District 2 as a resident firefighter in 2005. Over the next two years, he worked as a resident firefighter/EMT, and was hired full time in 2007. Jeff was an acting Lieutenant on his shift for several years, before being promoted to Lieutenant in January, 2019. He prides himself on being a well-rounded firefighter and loves sharing his knowledge and experience with others. When Jeff is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.