Retired assistant fire chief has long history in fire service community

TACOMA, Wash. – Bates Technical College President Dr. Ron Langrell has announced that former Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale will serve as Fire Service Instructional Program Manager, effective June 21.

Prior to retiring in 2015, Dale worked for the Olympia Fire Department as the assistant fire chief and director of training. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a career fire officer, first serving as a volunteer with the Tumwater Fire Department, then working through the ranks to Battalion Chief at the Kent Fire Department.

“Pat is a nationally-known expert on issues related to fire safety, and was an early advocate of the benefits of simulation in training,” said Brandon Rogers, the college’s Dean of South Campus. “Bates has the premier fire program in the region, and his leadership comes at a critical time as we look to future growth and expansion,” he said.

A 1982 graduate of the college’s 50-year-old Fire Service program, Dale has remained connected to the college as an instructor, an advisory committee member, and as the 2013 commencement keynote speaker.

In his new post, Dale is responsible for a comprehensive public safety training program, including apprenticeship, degree/certificate and continuing education options. The Fire Service career education program and related courses are located at South Campus. Students can enroll in either the day or swing shift program, and can earn a certificate or an Associate in Applied Science.

For more information about the college’s Fire Service programs, go to or call 253.680.7000.

About Bates Technical College

Founded in 1940, Bates Technical College offers certificate and degree opportunities in nearly 50 career education programs, and serves approximately 3,000 career training students and 10,000 more community members annually in extended learning, distance learning, high school, and other programs. For more information, go to, or call 253.680.7000.

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