The Fire Chief reports to the Board of Fire Commissioners for Fire District 17 and is responsible for
administering to the day to day operations of the department.
Washington State Safety Standards for Firefighters (WAC 296-305) is the primary guiding document used to ensure the departments operations are administered in a safe manner.
The fire Chiefs position is by appointment of the Board of Commissioners.
Chief Jim Haverfield was raised in Granite Falls and joined the Fire District in January 1990 as a Junior at Granite Falls High School. After graduation in 1991 Jim attended Everett Community College and was employed as a butcher for a local market, Konnerups Grocery, until February 1994 when he was hired full-time with Fire District 17. Jim was promoted to Captain in 1999, to Deputy Chief in 2007 and appointed as Fire Chief in 2010. He enjoys time with family and being outdoors in the great Northwest. Chief Haverfield is also the designated secretary for the Board of Commissioners secretary as required by RCW 52.14.080.