Deputy Chief Neil Hines has held the position of Deputy Chief of Support Services since September 2015. In the role of Deputy Fire Chief, he reports directly to the Fire Chief. Deputy Chief Hines is responsible for providing leadership, direction and planning oversight to the Fire Prevention, Training and Logistics Divisions within the Fire Department. He develops and recommends policies for adoption to the Fire Chief and implements procedures to ensure policies are met through guidance. He also assists in the development and administration of department budgets.
Additionally, Deputy Chief Hines plays an integral role in the effective completion of departmental capital projects as the Project Manager for Kennewick’s Fire Station Construction contracts. Shortly after the successful completion of Fire Station #5 in 2016, Deputy Chief Hines began the preparatory work for the design/reconstruction of Fire Station #3, the design/reconstruction of Fire Station #1, and the design/build of Fire Station #6. Construction on the new Fire Station #3 began in June 2020.
Deputy Chief Hines began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with Benton County Fire District #1 in 1979, and was hired by the City of Kennewick as a career firefighter in 1986. Over the past 35 years, Deputy Chief Hines has held every rank within the Kennewick Fire Department. Within the community, Deputy Chief Hines has been an active member of Columbia Basin Dive Rescue since 1983, as both a diver and Board of Directors member. He has also served with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department as a Reserve Deputy, and with the Benton City Police Department as a Police Officer.
Deputy Chief Hines possesses an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and Basic Law Enforcement Academy from Columbia Basin College in Washington. He has also received training and instruction from the National Fire Academy, and he is National Wildfire Coordination Group qualified to serve on Type 1, 2 and 3 Incident Management Teams.