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One of Poulsbo’s first medics, Battalion Chris Morrison, retires after nearly 40 yrs

July 23, 2019

 

 

(Poulsbo, Kitsap County) When Poulsbo Fire Department’s paramedic program was just getting off the ground in the early 80’s, Firefighter Chris Morrison was becoming “hooked on paramedicine.” He eventually spent 15 years as a firefighter paramedic, working his way up through the ranks to Battalion Chief. For the past six years, he’s also served as the Chief Medical Officer of the emergency medical services delivery for Poulsbo Fire Department. On May 15, however, Chief Morrison will be completing his last shift as Battalion Chief.

Morrison began with the Department in 1980; first as a volunteer, then as a fulltime temporary employee, eventually hired as a daytime firefighter in 1981. Morrison said, “That was back when the newly appointed Chief Larry Dibble became the first, and only, paid fulltime Poulsbo Fire employee.” Morrison was in his twenties at the time and spent a few years in construction and three years at the Port Gamble Mill.

Morrison said, “After a while, I started to wonder what else was out there. So I decided to volunteer as a firefighter, while still working at the mill. Eventually I got hired. However, it wasn’t until I rode along with some medics, that I really became hooked. I was amazed and intrigued at the difference it made for the patients, when the medics administered medicine.”

Soon after riding with Poulsbo’s new medics, he decided to pursue paramedicine and went off to Seattle’s Medic One program. Morrison said, “When I graduated I was immediately picked up by Ballard Ambulance, a private ambulance company out of Wenatchee. It was a great experience. It was also great because that’s where I met my wife,One of Poulsbo’s first medics, Battalion ChiefChris Morrison, retires after nearly 40 years(Poulsbo, Kitsap County) When Poulsbo Fire Department’s paramedic program was just getting off the ground in the early 80’s, Firefighter Chris Morrison was becoming “hooked on paramedicine.” He eventually spent 15 years as a firefighter paramedic, working his way up through the ranks to Battalion Chief. For the past six years, he’s also served as the Chief Medical Officer of the emergency medical services delivery for Poulsbo Fire Department. On May 15, however, Chief Morrison will be completing his last shift as Battalion Chief.Morrison began with the Department in 1980; first as a volunteer, then as a fulltime temporary employee, eventually hired as a daytime firefighter in 1981. Morrison said, “That was back when the newly appointed Chief Larry Dibble became the first, and only, paid fulltime Poulsbo Fire employee.” Morrison was in his twenties at the time and spent a few years in construction and three years at the Port Gamble Mill.Morrison said, “After a while, I started to wonder what else was out there. So I decided to volunteer as a firefighter, while still working at the mill. Eventually I got hired. However, it wasn’t until I rode along with some medics, that I really became hooked. I was amazed and intrigued at the difference it made for the patients, when the medics administered medicine.”Soon after riding with Poulsbo’s new medics, he decided to pursue paramedicine and went off to Seattle’s Medic One program. Morrison said, “When I graduated I was immediately picked up by Ballard Ambulance, a private ambulance company out of Wenatchee. It was a great experience. It was also great because that’s where I met my wife, Vicki.” He was only there a year before he got a call from Chief Dibble, offering him a medic position back at Poulsbo Fire Department.Dibble, who recently retired as Fire Chief from the City of Olympia Fire Department said, “It’s hard to believe Chris Morrison is retiring. Poulsbo is a great fire department and I’m proud to say that I was able to work with Chris. It will be hard to fill the void of institutional knowledge Chris has gained. ‘Big shoe to fill’ is an understatement.”Poulsbo Fire Chief Jim Gillard said, “Morrison has been one of our longest serving employees and a strong fixture. He was instrumental in so many of our Department’s successes. Morrison has made a huge impact on this community, and we will miss him.”Morrison still loves working with wood, and looks forward to having more time tinkering in his shop. He’s also excited about more family time, “My grandkids love helping me with my artwork.” Chris and Vicki Morrison, married 36 years, have two grown children and three grandchildren.xxx

 

 

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