By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
Fire District 4 has a new fire chief.
Josh Duke, who has been with the Valley-Chewelah area fire department since 2002, has taken over after Tim Van Doren retired from the position earlier this year.
Duke grew up in Valley and knowing Van Doren, he naturally gravitated towards serving his community and fighting fires.
“For years growing up I was always interested in following the fire trucks,” Duke said.
Duke was in a captain position for eight years with the department and seemed like the natural fit for the leadership position. He’ll now be in charge of finances for the district, delegating training and overseeing the operations of the all-volunteer department.
Currently 35 firefighters serve District 4, which goes as south as mile marker 194 on Deer Lake Road, five miles east up Flowery Trail, and just north of town on Highway 395. In all, the district serves 100 square miles.