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, and the Secretary for Cowlitz County Fire Chiefs Association.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and pets.
A Shift Battalion Chief Eric Koreis
In 1989 Eric entered public service as a volunteer firefighter with Lewis County Fire District 12 in Centralia, Washington. Since then, he has worked for a number of public safety agencies in various capacities. Most recently he served as Fire Chief for Cowlitz County Fire District 6, a position he held for 10 years, before coming to Longview Fire in April of 2013.
Chief Koreis received basic training at Washington State Fire Training Academy and has attended the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland at various points in his career. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration and a Master's degree in Leadership with an emphasis in executive fire service management. Chief Koreis is currently assigned to oversee the department's emergency medical and technical services programs.
Throughout his career, Eric has had a special interest in emergency medicine. He was first certified as an EMT in 1990 and then advanced to become a Paramedic in 1995. In 1997, he achieved Senior EMS Instructor status in Washington State and began teaching EMT courses at various fire departments and community colleges. Chief Koreis has served as a County representative to the Southwest Region EMS Council in Vancouver since 2000 and is currently serving his second term as Executive Board Chair and as a representative to various Washington State Department of Health technical advisory committees. He remains certified as a Paramedic.
Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, travel and outdoor activities.
B Shift Battalion Chief Blake Tomlinson
Blake Tomlinson started his career in the fire service as a volunteer with West Side Fire Department in Hood River, Oregon in 1987. He attended Lewis & Clark College earning both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree.
Chief Tomlinson started his career at Longview Fire Department in 1995 as a Firefighter/EMT. He was promoted to Lieutenant in July of 1998, and promoted again to Battalion Chief in August 2018.
Chief Tomlinson is the Shift Commander for B-Shift, and also serves as the Department’s Logistics Chief.
Away from work Blake enjoys spending time with his family, mountain biking and working outdoors.
C Shift Battalion Chief Troy Buzalsky
Troy Buzalsky has been in the fire service since 1983, earning an Associate’s Degree from Chemeketa Community College in Fire Science Technologies and then later earning his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University in Fire Administration. Chief Buzalsky came to Longview Fire in April 2013 from Canby Fire where he worked as the Division Chief for Community Services. In addition to his duties while working in Oregon Chief Buzalsky served as the President of the Oregon Fire Marshals Association, was the recipient of the State of Oregon’s ‘Golden Sparky’ award, and served on the Governor’s Task Force for Child Safety, helping to pass HB 3155 which raised the age and weight limit of children riding in Child Passenger Safety Seats.
Chief Buzalsky is currently assigned to oversee the department’s operations and training, Confined Space Rope Rescue Teams, and Pre-Fire Plans. Chief Buzalsky also participates yearly in the Firefighter Stairclimb for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.