Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department Welcomes New Members and Promotions

fortuna fireTonight, the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department celebrated the addition of several new firefighters along with 2016 officer promotions, in a badge pinning ceremony.

After completing a strenuous Eel River Valley Fire Academy and learning entry level structural firefighting and rescue training, these recruits were ready to join the Department.

Chief Lon Winburn, accompanied by other FVFD command staff, welcomed the following new recruits into the Department:

Company 1:  Hannah Burns, Samantha Foyster, Dalton Palmer, and honorary member Patrick Reeves.

Company 2:  Jason Benton

Company 4:  Daniel Hein

Company 5:  Chad Gibbs, Joe Hutton, Eric Justesen, and Matt Salmon


Honorary Company 1 firefighter, Patrick “Suggie” Reeves, pinned by Asst. Chief Rus Brown.  [Photo credit:  Sandi Petersen]

Also recognized were the FVFD Explorers, who received their own badges, and special recognition from command staff regarding their outstanding performance and dedication to the Department.


FVFD Explorers and Chief Lon Winburn [Photo credit: Sandi Petersen]

The conclusion of the ceremony involved recognition of the new officer promotions.  The following firefighters were promoted:

Company 1:  Brad Glass, 2nd Lieutenant

Company 3:  Kellen Brown, 2nd Lieutenant and Kevin Laloli, 1st Lieutenant

Company 4:  Steve Underwood, Captain

Each new recruit, Explorer and promoted officer were pinned by a special friend or family member.





  • Eldon G. Whitehead

    Way to go all of you new Fortuna Firemen and Explorer’s. I’m very proud especially of the Explorer’s as I was trying to get this program started many years ago as a Council member of the Boy Scouts of America. A Great Program and the new Explorer Firemen/Women members deserves this recognition as does all of the newly pinned Officers and the new Firemen who has gone through a very hard training session. My most Sincere Congratulations to each and everyone. Good luck for the Future and Best Wishes.

  • Congratulations to all 🙂

  • That young Firefighter Explorers club= awesome, I would’ve loved that as a kid!

  • Congratulations Suggie!!

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