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#25: Levon Yongoyan - Chief of Camano Island Fire & Rescue


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Levon Yongoyan is the Chief of Camano Island Fire and Rescue, but also  has experience as a small business owner. He combines all of his experience to lead the local fire stations here on Camano Island.

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Key Points of Interest:

  • Where did Levon grow up?
  • How did moving around influence his life?
  • What brought Levon to Camano Island?
  • How did Levon get started with Geographic Information Systems?
  • Levon talks about his company TerraLogic GIS
  • He also explains what it is used for
  • What was his educational background?
  • After closing down his company, where did he move onto?
  • What was the idea behind these neighborhoods that they designed?
  • Levon poses the question, “What is connection?” in relation to young kids vs older folk
  • How did Levon get started with the Fire Department?
  • When did the Camano Island Fire and Rescue change from Volunteer to having career Firefighters?
  • When did he move on from Camano to Burlington Fire Department?
  • Levon gets into some of the biggest differences between working in a rural vs city department
  • Specifically, he gets into some of the dynamics of working on an island
  • He also speaks into how they work with North County Fire Department
  • Levon talks about the “unsung” heroes of emergencies
  • One of Levon’s project he is working on is support groups for the Fire Fighters
  • These also include helping other firefighters make sure their co-workers are doing well
  • How has Levon implemented the lessons from small business to his current position
  • Also, how does communication work when it is spread out among so many stations?
  • Camano Fire is the only form of government that only serves Camano Island, not all of Island County
  • Levon mentions some of the books that have been influential in his leadership building

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