Fire Chief Fred Charlton


Chief Fred Charlton began his fire service career as a volunteer with the Forest Grove Fire Department in 1989. In 1994, he was hired as a career firefighter for the City of Milwaukie. In 1997, the Milwaukie Fire Department merged with Clackamas Fire District #1. Chief Charlton was promoted to the positions of lieutenant in 2001 and captain in 2003.

In 2007, he was promoted to battalion chief and supervised numerous programs to include the Urban Search and Rescue team (USAR). In 2010, Chief Charlton was promoted to the position of deputy chief and assigned to the Fire Prevention Division as the fire marshal. The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for public education, fire code enforcement, engineering and fire investigation.

In 2011, he was assigned to the Emergency Services Division as division chief, and supervised Fire Operations, Technical Rescue, Training, Emergency Management and Safety. He has been the fire chief for Clackamas Fire since 2012.

Chief Charlton is currently a director with the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association and the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Clackamas Rotary.


Chief Charlton holds an associate degree in fire science technology from Portland Community College, a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from Eastern Oregon University, a master’s degree in public administration through Portland State University and is designated as a Chief Fire Officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

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