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Posted on: August 4, 2022

Mike Caven Selected as Eugene Springfield Fire Chief

Eugene Springfield Fire Chief Caven portrait

With more than 20 years in fire and emergency medical service experience, Michael A. Caven has been selected to serve as Eugene Springfield Fire’s next Fire Chief. 


Caven has worked with Eugene Springfield Fire since 2007, serving in a variety of positions including Battalion Chief, Captain, Deputy Chief of Operations, Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Instructor and more. 


Eugene City Manager Sarah Medary and Springfield City Manager Nancy Newton selected Caven, noting that Caven was the candidate with the expertise and innovation to lead the department into the future. 


“Mike’s depth of knowledge and his focus on developing relationships is ideal for the department’s future and for meeting the changing needs of our growing communities,” said Springfield City Manager Nancy Newton. 


“Mike’s creativity and innovative spirit have already helped shape Eugene Springfield Fire into the excellent organization it is. His experience and knowledge combined with his love of this community and department is a compelling and exciting recipe for success. I couldn’t be happier to introduce our new Chief,” said Eugene City Manager Sarah Medary. 


Caven was one of three finalists interviewed for the role after a national search. 


About Caven

Caven attended Chemeketa Community College in 2002 earning Associate of Applied Science degrees in Fire Suppression and Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic. He later earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University in 2015. 


Caven worked for South Lane County Fire and Rescue from 2002-2007 where he served as a Firefighter/Paramedic and as Acting in Capacity Captain.


He’s also held a variety of leadership offices including service as Union President for Lane Professional Firefighters IAFF L-851, representing all professional firefighters and paramedics in Lane County from 2014-2022. He served on the Oregon State Firefighters Council as District 7 Vice President from 2018-2022, the Lane Workforce Partnership Board from 2017-2021, and the South Lane Fire and Rescue board from 2011-2019. 


About Eugene Springfield Fire

Eugene Springfield Fire’s mission is to serve our communities by protecting life, preserving property and the environment through prevention, education, rescue, fire suppression, and emergency medical services. Since July 1, 2010, ESF has operated under an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the cities of Eugene and Springfield and is a shared service of the cities. 


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