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Eric Hall

“My entire life and family is dedicated to building fire trucks and being in active fire service.”

Grandson of Western States Fire Apparatus founder and son of a Cornelius, OR fire chief, Eric experienced 13 years on the production floor, 27 years engineering, repairing, and selling apparatus.  After raising two daughters and gaining a son-in-law, Eric and his wife live in Lyons, OR enjoying hunting, traveling together, and being in the outdoors.

“I am privileged that my work is serving fire departments and solving their unique needs.”

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Mark Merritt

“I am thrilled to be able to make an impact in the Pacific Northwest fire community.”

Influenced by his volunteer fire father and uncle, Mark and his brothers grew up volunteering and served professionally.  Living 20 years away home and fire, the love was still alive in tracking and restoring his favorite Yakima antique fire engine, and stopping in his work travels throughout the west meeting city and rural departments and their apparatus.  The opportunity to own hometown touchstone Cascade Fire & Safety brought Mark back to Yakima, WA in 2005 where he lives with his wife.  He follows sports, and travels around the state to spend time with his daughter, son, and daughter-in-law.

“No matter the level of technological advancement, Cascade Fire & Safety will always be where people still buy from people.”


Mark Shinkle

July 16, 1968 – September 11, 2021

“I hold special respect and thanks for those helping the public and making a difference in our world.”

After active US military service, what guided Mark into 25 years in the fire industry was growing up with his now retired father of Seattle FD.  Mark gained experienced on many levels of sales and customer care, but is still most honored to work on impacting the front lines of the station floor.

After five stellar years on the Cascade Team, he will be remembered as a personal member of many of his customers’ teams as well.  Mark’s legacy is one of giving and loyalty and thoroughness.  He felt privilege and  satisfaction in meeting and supporting those who serve.  His loss is felt greatly by many.  He is survived by his wife, parents, two sons, daughter-in-law, one grandson.

As we honor Mark and his family at this time, we ask your patience as we step in and continue serving his customers.  Please contact Mark Merritt directly for any assistance.