Chief Caven's career in fire and emergency medical services started in 2002 with the City of Cottage Grove Fire Department, now South Lane County Fire & Rescue (SLCFR). Following his transfer to Eugene Springfield Fire (ESF) in 2007, he was elected to two terms as the Fire Board President of SLCFR. Mike has served in many positions throughout his service with ESF including Firefighter, Field Training Paramedic, Fire Instructor, Engineer, Captain, Battalion Chief and most recently, Acting Deputy Chief of Operations. He also participated in union leadership and was President of IAFF Local 851 for six of the eight years he served. Chief Caven holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University.