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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