PERSONNEL

Fire District 5
A photo of Mike Lyons

Fire Commissioner 1

Native to the Vancouver area, Mike Lyons is a retired Fire Captain from the Vancouver Fire Department, and previously with Fire District 5 before the 1994 consolidation of those departments. Mike was also previously employed with Western Electric. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland.

Mike lives in Proebstel with his wife Elaine, where they raised two children, a daughter who is a registered charge nurse and a son who is a structural engineer.

Mike has worked on the board of Commissioners since 2000 to oversee the public safety services provided by Fire District 5.

A photo of Roy Rhine

Fire Commissioner 2

Roy Rhine is a lifetime resident of Clark County. He graduated from Evergreen High School and attended Clark College. Roy served in the United States Marine Corps as an MP and Combat Engineer.

Roy was a volunteer firefighter with Fire Districts 4 and 5 in the 1980s and 1990s, prior to the merger of Fire District 5 with the City of Vancouver. He served as the Volunteer Coordinator for several years in District 5 and the City of Vancouver.

Roy retired from the Washington State patrol as a sergeant, serving over 26 years, most of which was in Clark County. He is married to Lisa and they have two grown boys, one an engineer and the other a local professional firefighter. Roy has been a Fire Commissioner for Fire District 5 since 2009.

A photo of Ron Gibson

Fire Commissioner 3

Ron Gibson is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a resident of Vancouver and Clark County for the past 25 years. Ron was first elected to serve as a Commissioner for Clark County Fire District 5 in 2008. He is currently serving his second term which concludes in 2021.

In addition to his role as Commissioner, he currently works for The City of Vancouver as a Finance Analyst for the Vancouver Fire Department.

Ron is a 2002 graduate of Washington State University Vancouver where he graduated with honors and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a minor in Management Information Systems.

Ron resides in east Vancouver with his husband of 25 years, Steve, their French bulldog, Mabel, and cat, Squeak.

A photo of Dave Vial

District Administrator

Dave Vial has served as the Administrator for Clark County Fire District 5 since July 2010. Between 2003 and 2010, Vial served as the Director of Administration for Clark County Fire District 5.

Dave began his public sector career in 1985, as the first Risk Manager for the City of Vancouver, Washington. He worked for Vancouver until 2001, serving in various capacities, including Risk Manager, Deputy Human Resources Director, Budget Director, and Administrative Services Manager for the Vancouver Fire Department. Between 2001 and 2003, Dave worked for a start-up energy company as Director of Administration.

Dave has a Bachelors degree in political science and a Masters degree in public administration, both degrees from Brigham Young University.

Dave and his wife, Eva, have been married for 37 years and have five children and eight grandchildren. When not spending time with family, Dave enjoys woodworking, reading, and working on family history.

A photo of Jennifer Bethke

Deputy Administrator

Jennifer Bethke attended Columbia Christian College from 1990-1991 and then attended Southern Oregon State College from 1991-1992. She received her EMT-Basic in the state of Oregon in 1992 and then proceeded to go to Paramedic school and received her certification in 1994. She is currently licensed as an Oregon State Paramedic. She was hired by American Medical Response as a Paramedic in 1995 and worked on a 911 ambulance in Multnomah and Clackamas Counties for 16 years.

Jennifer is married to Scott, a TVF&R lieutenant/firefighter and has three boys. Their family enjoys camping, fishing, quad riding and being outdoors.

A photo of Riza Russum

Financial Analyst

Riza Russum is a long time resident of Clark County and was hired by Clark County District 5 in 1998. Her main responsibility for the District is handling the cash management functions.