Merrill has 33 years’ experience in the fire service, 30 of that working for Portland Fire and Rescue. Currently, he serves as the Division Chief of Training, Safety & EMS. A staunch proponent of working collaboratively, Merrill has been engaged in regional preparedness work for the last five years, including serving as the Fire/EMS work group chair, first under the Portland Urban Area Work Group, then the RDPO. Last year he served as the RDPO Program Committee Vice Chair; he is now the PrC Chair for 2016. Merrill has also been a member of the RDPO’s Regional Multi-Agency Coordination Task Force since its inception.
Merrill’s other regional work has included participating in the Maritime Fire and Safety Assoc., which is an organization of fire departments on the Columbia from Vancouver, WA to Astoria, OR, that plans and trains for ship fires and other marine incidents. The group also works closely with the shippers, ports and industry.