Kent resident honored by Port of Seattle Fire Department
May 7, 2011 · 1:34 PM
The Port of Seattle Fire Department is honoring Captain Jason Schnase, a Kent resident, with the 2010 Port of Seattle Firefighter of the Year award. The firefighter honored with this award each year is chosen by a vote of all the department members.
“Captain Schnase’s professionalism, leadership, and enthusiasm for learning are an example for all to follow, making him a very worthy recipient of this award,” Port of Seattle Fire Chief Randy Krause said.
Schnase is an eight year veteran of the Port of Seattle Fire Department who started as an entry level firefighter in 2003. He is currently on the technical rescue team, is a hazardous materials technician and in 2008 became one of the department’s first to graduate from the Officers Development Academy.
Over the years Schnase has demonstrated great initiative to further his skills and knowledge. This past year he took on the task of instructor at the Washington State Fire Academy where he demonstrated exemplary leadership and teaching skills.
Schnase is a native of Sammamish who attended Central Washington University. He currently resides in Kent with his wife, Laurie.
Other members who were nominated this year include Todd Starkey and Greg Baruso.
The award was presented during a private reception on April 29.
The Port Fire Department is primarily an aircraft rescue firefighting agency responsible for protecting travelers and airport employees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The department includes 75 members, providing service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.