Meet Our Staff
Fire Chief Jim Kambeitz
Jim Kambeitz has been in the fire service since 1987 where he has served as a firefighter, haz-mat tech, fire inspector, deputy fire marshal and fire marshal. He has been the City of Longview Fire Marshal since 2003. In September 2018 Jim became the Interim Fire Chief, and was appointed Fire Chief in March of 2019.
He is a certified Fire Inspector, Building Inspector, Plans Examiner and Fire Investigator. He has an AAS Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration. He’s a member of ICC, WABO, NFPA, NAFI, IAAI, WFC, and is the Past President of the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals. In 2018 Chief Kambeitz was awarded Firefighter of the Year for Longview Fire Department.
Administrative Assistant Sarah Hoskins
Sarah Hoskins has been with Longview Fire Department since August of 2014. Sarah supports the Chief Officers as well as schedules Public Education Events, processes invoices, helps support grant and medical paperwork as well as public records requests.
In addition to her duties as an administrative assistant Sarah is also a Car Passenger Safety Technician, the current Chair for Safe Kids Lower Columbia, the Secretary for Cowlitz County Fire Chiefs Association and is a member of Longview Rotary.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets.
Fire Marshal Jon Dunaway
Jon began his fire service career in 1981 as a volunteer firefighter in Kitsap County. After becoming a resident firefighter / EMT, he worked his way to becoming a Fire Chief before moving into the fire prevention and community risk reduction fields in 1989. Before coming to work in Longview in 2019, Jon worked the last 28 years in the Clark County Fire Marshal’s Office, becoming the Fire Marshal there in 2005.
Jon earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration in 2012 and has several certifications through the International Code Council including Fire Marshal and Building Official. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. Jon is a member of several state and national organizations dedicated to public safety, codes and standards development, and is a past President of the Washington State Association of Fire Marshals. Most recently Jon was honored at the Washington Sate Association of Fire Marshals and named "2021 Fire Marshal of the Year."
A Shift Battalion Chief Eric Koreis
Chief Koreis entered the fire service in 1989 after attending the Washington State Fire Training Academy in North Bend, WA. Since, he has worked for a number of different agencies including serving 10 years as Fire Chief of Fire District 6 in Castle Rock, WA before coming to Longview Fire in 2013. Chief Koreis is currently assigned to oversee the department's emergency medical and technical services programs.
Chief Koreis is an alumnus of the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and a Master's degree in Leadership with an emphasis in executive fire service management and disaster response.
Throughout his career, Eric has had a special interest in emergency medicine; he was certified as a Paramedic in 1995 and as a Senior EMS Instructor in 1998. He has taught throughout Washington at fire departments and community colleges. Chief Koreis has served as a representative to the Southwest Region EMS Council in Vancouver since 2000 and is currently serving his third term as Executive Board Chair. He is a representative to various Washington State Department of Health technical advisory committees.
Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, travel and outdoor activities.
B Shift Battalion Chief Matt Amos
Chief Amos is a lifelong resident of Cowlitz County. He entered the fire service in 2002 starting as a volunteer firefighter for Cowlitz Fire District 6 and an Intern for Longview Fire. He was hired as a career firefighter for Longview in 2003, promoting to Master Firefighter in 2009, Lieutenant in 2016, and Battalion Chief January 1, 2022.
Matt obtained his Associates in Applied Science Degree at Portland Community College in 2003, and will complete is Bachelor’s in Homeland Security and Emergency Services Management from Grand Canyon University in July of 2022.
Matt has been a member of our Special Operations Team as a Confined Space and High Angle Rope Rescue Technician since 2008.
Outside of work, Matt enjoys spending time with his family working on their farm and participating in outdoor activities.
C Shift Battalion Chief Jeff Thompson
Chief Thompson is a graduate of Clark College, Portland State University and Portland Community College. Jeff's involvement in the fire service started in 1998 by volunteering for Clark County Fire District 12 in Ridgefield, Washington.
Chief Thompson began his career with Longview Fire Department in 2001 as a Firefighter/EMT. Since that time he has promoted to Master Firefighter, Lieutenant and then Battalion Chief in 2019. Chief Thompson has held roles as department Training Specialist, Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician and Fire Investigation Specialist. Before assuming the C Shift Battalion Chief position, Chief Thompson served two years as the Administrative Battalion Chief.
Chief Thompson serves as the department Operations Chief, Special Operations Chief and assist Chief Koreis with Technical Services.
Outside of work Jeff enjoys spending time with family, travel and involvement with Bridge City Corvette Club.