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Barry Orth

Position: Fire Commissioner Position #1
Term: Benton County Fire District 2 Since 1978
Email Address:
Orth 2023

Commissioner Barry Orth has been in the fire service for over 45 years. He began his career as a firefighter in 1978 for Benton County Fire District #2. In 1985 he was a Firefighter EMT with Benton County Fire District #1 till 1988, where he moved to the Sunnyside Fire department while taking care of his mom due to the death of his father in a fire at the local propane company where he was the manager. From there in 1990 he transitioned to Benton County Fire District #4 and rose up the ranks from Firefighter EMT to Lieutenant Duty Chief to Captain.  Commissioner Orth then returned to the Benton County Fire District #2 family in the year 1999, where he began again as a firefighter EMT, then moved to Lieutenant in 2001 and Captain in 2005. Barry left the Benton 2 family in 2008 but only for a short period until he became a Fire Commissioner in 2009, which is a position he still holds to this day.

Commissioners Orth’s goal as a fire commissioner is to provide responsible and fiscal management for the citizens of Benton County Fire Protection District #2, and ensuring the safety of the firefighters and the community they serve.

  • Eastern Washington University 1979 through 1981
  • Southwest Fire Training Academy Structural and Wildland graduate 1994
  • National Fire Academy 2001, 2002 and 2006
  • I-400 Series ICS Command and Control of Target Hazards
  • Arson Investigation Cause and Determination
  • Previously certified Washington State Emergency Medical Technician