Battalion Chiefs

Nick Kiniski

Patrick Shepler

Bryce Hamilton

Scott Williams

Nick Kiniski joined the Orcas Island Fire and Rescue team in 2012 as a Firefighter/ Paramedic. Originally from Point Roberts, WA.
Nick started his EMS career serving as a volunteer in 1997 and later working for North Whatcom Fire and Rescue. Throughout his career, he has been a volunteer, Captain, Assistant Chief and Chief. Nick is a graduate from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and received his paramedic license from Medic One program in Seattle, WA.
Nick is the owner/ operator of his restaurant of 27 years, Kiniski’s Reef Tavern in Point Roberts, WA. He also was a member of the Canadian National Wrestling Team and moved on to be a professional wrestler.
Patrick Shepler joined OIFR in 2005. His fire and  [Shepler, Patrick] EMS career began in 1978. He served first as a volunteer in South Pasadena, Fla., and then as a firefighter/paramedic and Rescue Lieutenant for the city of Clearwater. He served as an instructor at St. Petersburg College’s EMT and Paramedic School, the University of Miami and the Southeastern Public Safety Institute. Patrick holds degrees in Fire Administration, Emergency Medical Services, and Healthcare Leadership.
Bryce K. Hamilton has been a Firefighter/Paramedic with OIFR since 2013.  His EMS experience began in 1996 as a Ski Patroller and is currently with Mt Baker as a Patroller and Paramedic.  He has also been a volunteer Firefighter/EMT for Whatcom County and worked as an Emergency Technician at St. Joseph’s (Bellingham, WA) & OHSU Trauma 1 Center (Portland, OR).  He then was a Lead Paramedic in Vancouver, WA and a Firefighter/Paramedic in Pacific County.  Bryce holds a BA in English (writing concentration) with a Minor in Theatre (Directing) from WWU.
Scott Williams joined OIFR in 2013. He is a Firefighter/ Paramedic and the B-Shift Duty Officer. His Fire Department career started in “Good Ol’ Florida” (same as Patrick Shepler, but on the other coast of the Sunshine State). Scott worked as a FireMedic with Brevard County Fire Rescue and then transitioned to the small community of Cocoa Beach. Eventually Scott felt the need to return to his Montana roots and left Cocoa Beach FD to go to work with the Kalispell Fire Department near Glacier National Park. No more surf contests, but plenty of hiking and mountain climbing. While off duty from KFD, Scott worked as a Flight Medic with the A.L.E.R.T. program (Medical Air Transport team from the Kalispell Regional Medical Center) and a part-time Paramedic/ EMT Instructor at the Flathead Valley Community College. To get away from it all, he would travel to the wonderful San Juan Islands and kayak in the summer sun.…. And now, here he is.