Spokane Fire Department selects new Fire Marshal

Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 8:49 a.m.

The Spokane Fire Department announces the appointment of Megan Phillips as the new City of Spokane Fire Marshal. Prior to her selection, Phillips served as the Assistant Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal position became vacant after the retirement of Fire Marshal Michael Miller in June.

Phillips now leads the Prevention Division which includes code enforcement, plans review and community risk reduction. While her primary goal is the extremely important duty of public safety, she also prides herself in supporting Operations by being responsive to their needs and the needs of the citizens.

“Chief Phillips is incredibly resourceful and educated when it comes to understanding the fire code and all of its intricacies,” says Assistant Fire Chief Trisha Wolford. “As our new Fire Marshal, she will be a great asset to the Fire Department and the City. Her experience as Assistant Fire Marshal has prepared her for the hard work and dedication that is required to keep our city, residents and visitors safe.”

Phillips is a 20-year veteran with the Spokane Fire Department. She began her career as a volunteer Firefighter/EMT with the City of Millwood, WA in 1997. The Spokane Fire Department hired Phillips in 1998 as a Firefighter and she promoted to Fire Equipment Operator in 2001. Phillips accepted the position of Deputy Fire Marshal in 2005, then in 2015 promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal where she had the chance to supervise a highly motivated and professional team of fire inspectors and public educators.

Phillips has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, and a Fire Science Degree from the Community Colleges of Spokane. Phillips resides in Spokane with her husband Chris. Their two sons are both proudly serving in the United States Air Force.