• South Bay Fire District 8

    Board of Fire Commissioners


    Fire Chief Brian VanCamp

    Chief VanCamp has been a member of the South Bay Fire Department since 1973. He promoted through the ranks of the District from volunteer Firefighter to Deputy Chief, then being appointed as volunteer Fire Chief in 1996. He was hired in 1999 as the District’s first full-time career Fire Chief. Chief VanCamp was instrumental in the development of the Thurston Fire & Rescue Training Consortium (and is its present Chair) and currently serves as the Past-President of the Thurston County Association of Fire Chiefs. He is also a member of the South Puget Sound Community College Fire & Emergency Services Technology Advisory Board and the Thurston County Medic One Operations Committee. Brian is a graduate of Washington State University, the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program and has received the Chief Fire Officer Designation.

    Chief VanCamp is a Thurston County “Thurstoneer” as his ancestor Franz family were pioneers in the Lacey area. He is married and has a daughter attending college. In his spare time, he likes travel, fine dining and outdoors activities. He is also interested in railroading hobbies including modeling, history and photography. Email Chief VanCamp at vancamp@southbayfire.com.

    “It been a pleasure to work with the fine folks in the department over the years and watch it grow into a very professional organization serving our citizens today!”

    Read the Chief’s Monthly Report


    Assistant Chief Brent McBride

    Chief McBride grew up on Johnson Point and started volunteering in 2000. In 2008 he was hired on as our Assistant Chief in charge of Training & Safety programs. In 2010 he took over as the Assistant Chief of Operations and oversees the incident response for District 8. In his free time, Chief McBride enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling, skiing, and boating. Chief McBride also donates his time to Fire Fighters Crossing Borders, an organization that travels to Mexico to provide training and much needed supplies to fire departments there. Email Chief McBride at mcbride@southbayfire.com.


    Assistant Chief Brandon LeMay

    Chief LeMay joined the South Bay Fire Department in October of 2010, as the Training and Safety Officer. He has been in the fire service since 1996 when he graduated from the Louis F. Garland Fire Training Academy in San Angelo, TX. As a U.S. Air force firefighter he has been stationed in Texas, Kansas, Korea, Missouri, Massachusetts, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Prior to his employment with SBFD, Brandon was a Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal with the Washington State Fire Marshal’s Office. Brandon has received the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation, his National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer (EFO) certification and is a graduate of the University of New Haven, CT, where he received two Bachelor’s Degrees; to include a B.S. in Fire Administration and a B.S. in Fire/Arson Investigation with a minor in Criminal Justice. Brandon, his wife Belle and their son’s Dylan and Ayden live in Lacey, WA. Brandon and his family enjoy traveling, meeting new people, camping, and most other outdoor activities. Email Chief LeMay at lemay@southbayfire.com.

    “The South Bay Fire Department is a group of exceptionally talented and dedicated members that I am very proud to be a part of! If anyone else thinks they have what it takes to be an emergency responder – I recommend applying to join our team!.”


    District Secretary Heidi Stumpf

    Heidi joined the Department in 2006. She came with experience from having been a school secretary with the Yelm School District for 20 years. Since joining the Fire Service, Heidi has been active as a Board member with the Thurston County Fire Services Support Association and a committee member for the Washington Fire Administrative Support group under the Washington Chiefs’ Association.

    Ms. Stumpf plays a dual role in the Department as the District Secretary, managing administrative functions in the office, and serves as confidential Secretary to the Board (as defined by RCW 52.14.080), providing clerical, administrative and financial support to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

    Heidi lives in Pierce County with her husband. She has grown children and grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and camping with her husband. Email Secretary Stumpf at heidis@southbayfire.com.