Fire Chief Andrew Smith
As a Pleasant Hill High School graduate and Mr. Billie, Andrew Smith has a long commitment and deep ties to the community of Pleasant Hill. Andrew like many, began his tenure as a volunteer firefighter in 2003. During that timeframe he advanced his learning and skill set as a firefighter while pursuing further education as an EMT-Intermediate. In 2009, he took the role of Training Officer with Pleasant Hill Fire District before the Intergovernmental Agreement with Goshen Fire District in 2013. When that IGA was created, his job became full-time as a Training Captain. Andrew has served as Fire Chief since 2017 and was an important contributor to the formation of Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue shortly after.
While we know he works a lot, Andrew enjoys spending his off time with his 6-year-old son Henry and exploring the joys seen through the eyes of a fun-loving kid. Andrew is an avid gardener with a love for growing flowers and time spent in the greenhouse. If you don’t find him outside, we’ll almost guarantee he’s cooking up a savory dish in the kitchen. These same passions he shares with his partner Jennifer. We can’t forget his K9 pal Leila.
Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue recognizes the importance of the many characteristics our employees and members bring to our team. Our culture is to hire the heart and train the hands. We are thankful for the long-term service of Andrew to our community.
Captain Matthew Barnhart
Matt Barnhart spent his childhood, and most of his adult life in the Pleasant Hill area, attending K-12 in the Pleasant Hill school district. Now happily married and having raised several children in or near the district, he is finishing his very long career in the fire service working for the same agency he started volunteering with in high school just because he thought it looked like fun (and he got to miss some classes). Matt has moved around some, working with neighboring agencies such as: Coburg Fire, Mckenzie Fire and Rescue, DPSST, and Oakridge Fire Department, but has settled into a role with this agency that should satisfy his goal of retiring where he started.
Matt has been committed to the fire service for many decades but is most of all committed to his wife Michelle, and his growing family. While fishing, motorcycles and reckless outdoor sports may consume much of his time and future plans, his grandchildren certainly are the greatest love in his life second only to his wife.
Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue recognizes the importance of the many characteristics our employees and members bring to our team. Our culture is to hire the heart and train the hands. We are thankful for the long-term service of Matthew to our community.
Captain Riley Moore
Riley’s Fire & EMS journey started in 2015 when he became a volunteer firefighter with Goshen Fire District while attending University of Oregon. During his time in college, Riley also worked in the front office of a different local fire district doing bookkeeping and administrative work. In 2018, he was hired as a full time career Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain in 2021. In 2019, he graduated from Arizona State University, earning a Master’s Degree in Public Safety Leadership and Administration. Riley has extensive training and experience in digital mapping and spatial data analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. From 2017 to 2022, he served in the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Incident Management Team program as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist and deployed on 13 different wildfire assignments across the State of Oregon. In his off time, Riley continues to do independent work on mapping and spatial data analysis for various clients throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here at his “day job,” he leads Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire’s mapping and pre-incident planning program, in addition to serving as the C-Shift Captain.
Riley is originally from Beaverton, Oregon and most of his family still lives in the Willamette Valley. In his off time, he enjoys hiking, outdoor activities, and exploring new places. He is an avid fan of the Seattle Mariners, whose games he sometimes attended with his dad while growing up. When he’s not with friends, Riley listens to history audiobooks and podcasts, along with a wide variety of music.
Pleasant Hill Goshen Fire & Rescue recognizes the importance of the many characteristics our employees and members bring to our team. Our culture is to hire the heart and train the hands. We are thankful for the long-term service of Riley to our community.
Captain Matt Peterson
We are excited to introduce our new Captain and Training Officer, Matt Peterson. Captain Peterson brings 20-years of experience in Fire and EMS, attended various Fire/EMS trainings in 5 different states, and has a close history working in our Hwy 58 region. He has experience leading and mentoring volunteer personnel and is an advocate for fire and EMS training. Captain Peterson subscribes to our core values of safety and performance, customer service, and professionalism. We know he is going to serve our community with pride and are incredibly excited to have him on our team.
Captain Peterson hit the ground running on his first shift this week. His crew responded to 8 medical emergencies, 2 vehicle crashes, smoke from a structure, a semi-truck fire, and a house fire.
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