Michael Ciraulo has 24 years experience in the field of emergency response serving the past 13 years as a Chief Officer within the Clark County Fire & Rescue Department (formerly Clark County Fire District 11). In February 2007, the Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation designated Mr. Ciraulo as a Chief Fire Officer. His formal education includes an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Portland Community College, a Bachelors Degree in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University and he anticipates completing his Masters Degree in 2010 in Fire Service Administration from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, Michael completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in 2005. Prior to working for Clark County Fire & Rescue, Michael worked for the Vancouver (WA) Fire Department (former Clark County Fire District No.5), Santa Ana (CA) Fire Department, and the Orange County (CA) Fire Department.
Michael is an accredited Fire Service Instructor and has taught for Portland Community College, Lower Columbia College, the National Fire Academy, United States Fire Administration and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group.
Michael is presently qualified as a National Type 2 Operations Section Chief, and a type 3 Incident Commander. He has served as an Operations Section Chief for a Washington State Incident Management Team for six years. He has managed large scale emergencies in nearly every western state. These emergencies included type 1-3 wildland fires, multi-alarm structure fires, 1996 western Washington flooding, and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.
Michael and his wife Gilda reside in Battle Ground, Washington. He is in his second term on the city council and is the current Mayor. He has been appointed by the Governor to serve on the State Fire Protection Policy Board, the Special License Plate Commission, and the Higher Education Facilities Authority. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the North County Community Food Bank, the Clark County Steering Committee for Portland based Loaves & Fishes, the Clark County Urban Policy Board, the Wastewater Management Advisory Board, the North County Leadership Group, and the Clark County Community Action Advisory Board.
Michael and Gilda were recognized as the “2007 Battle Ground Citizens of the Year”. In 2007, Michael was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by his fellow members of the Lewis River Rotary Club. Most recently, Michael was awarded the YWCA Val Joshua racial justice award for his work with the Battle Ground Cultural Task Force.