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Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT Laura Chester

Laura’s career in the fire service began as a seasonal wildland firefighter in 2008 while attending Washington State University. She finished her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish shortly after, and continued to fight fires during the summers while working as a substitute teacher and coach throughout the school years. Laura spent a year and a half as a resident firefighter for East Olympia Fire District 6 before getting hired by the Fire Authority in spring of 2016. In January 2019, Laura was promoted to lieutenant. When not at work Laura likes to spend time on her family’s ranch in Lebam, Washington.


Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic Jess Fulkerson

Jess began his experience in emergency services at his hometown fire department in Montana as a high school cadet.  After graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a B.A. in Education, he went on to work as an EMT in Oklahoma, and then Wenatchee, WA in the spring of 2000.  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 until he came to North Mason in February 2006.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2019 and looks forward to serving the North Mason Communities. 

Lieutenant Firefighter/EMT Jeff Yates

Jeff started at Mason County Fire District 2 as a resident firefighter in 2005. He worked over the next two years as a resident firefighter/EMT before he was hired on 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 wife and two daughters.