Port Ludlow Welcomes New Firefighters

Sarah Chapman
Alex Sviridovich

Port Ludlow Fire & Rescue added two new staff members in April. Fire Chief Bret Black reported that the new hires bring the district up to full staffing of 13 full-time fire- fighters, as approved by the board of commissioners. Of the two new hires Black said, “their dedication to the commu- nity and public service has been notable during their time as volunteers for PLFR.”

Sarah Chapman was a fire department “resident” for one year before joining the district as a full-time firefighter and EMT. Originally from Utah, she has lived in Jefferson County for the past seven years. The youngest of nine in her family, Chapman’s goal is to become a paramedic.

Alex Sviridovich, originally from Tacoma, completed his first ride along with a fire department when he was 15 years old. He said he was impressed with the teamwork among the firefighters and made it his goal to “be the best” and acquire the skills to become a firefighter.

“Both Sarah and Alex performed exceptionally throughout the recruitment process. The common perspective shared by their peers was their consistent work ethic and great attitudes,” said Black. “I am excited to see them begin their firefighting careers—they are both great additions to PLFR.”