Staff Spotlight

Grays Harbor Fire District 5 takes pride in its staff both career and volunteer.  These men and women that serve the fire district are the core of our community.  This page is dedicated to highlighting our staff members and showing the community who we are.

Kaila Bentow

February 3rd 2021

Meet Kaila Bentow, Grays Harbor Fire District 5's newest Firefighter/EMT Paramedic Student. While Kaila has been with District 5 for a while she was just recently hired to the new position of FF/EMT/Medic Student. Kaila a 2013 High School Graduate has been an EMT/Firefighter as a volunteer with the district since 2015. In 2017 she was one of the first hires to the part-time Firefighter EMT positions with the district. She is currently going through the paramedic program and serves with the district doing public education as one of her additional responsibilities. Kaila hopes to get her bachelor's in paramedicine or fire science and continue to do fire public education. One of the highlights of her career thus far is working with the public in outreach programs such as National Night Out Against Crime, Elementry School education, and working alongside other agencies like the Elma Police Department. 
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Stephanie Criess

May 8th, 2021
Stephanie comes from West Mason Fire where she served as an EMT Advance and Firefighter and had previously been Firefighter Medic with North Mason back in 2017.
Among Stepanies' previous experience she has served as a Deputy Coroner with Kitsap County and currently teaches Medic and EMT courses at Tacoma Community College. She Has been a certified Medic for the last 4 years, an EMT Advance with North Mason for 4 years before becoming a paramedic.

One of the goals she has is that she would really love to become an SCI (lead instructor for EMS and Paramedic courses) and to have more opportunities to teach. Through all of her classes, she loved the passion her former instructors had and the way they taught classes with feeling. She wants to be that person that can inspire others in the learning process of helping their community.