SEASIDE — Seaside fire Capt. Joey Daniels will become the new chief of the Seaside Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department beginning in July.

He will replace Chief Dale Kamrath, who is retiring in June.

Seaside City Manager Mark Winstanley announced the appointment Wednesday.

Daniels, 34, who has been with the department since July 2009, is the department’s training and safety officer.

Before joining the department, he was the fire science department head at Clatsop Community College from 2006 to 2009 and served in Iraq as a contract firefighter from 2004 to 2005.

When he was hired as one of three paid employees at the Seaside department, Daniels said he enjoyed his work at the college, but wanted to get more involved in the day-to-day challenges of being a firefighter.

He was named the Seaside department’s Officer of the Year for 2011.

Daniels also is a lieutenant with the Gearhart Volunteer Fire Department, where he has been a volunteer for 16 years.

He serves as president of the Oregon Safety and Health Section of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association and is on Clatsop Community College’s Fire and Emergency Medical Technician Advisory Committee. Daniels is an active hazardous materials technician for the State Hazardous Materials Team, based in Astoria.

He has associate of arts degrees in fire science and criminal justice from Clatsop Community College.

Daniels said following the announcement that the backing of his fellow firefighters and the community gave him the confidence to step into the job. His years as a college department head provided experience in preparing budgets and in managing employees, he said.

As fire chief, Daniels will work on recruiting and retaining volunteers and will prepare an operations levy to be submitted to voters in November.

Raised in Seaside, Daniels said he was excited to begin his new position.

“This is a dream job in a dream hometown. It doesn’t get any better than that,” Daniels said.

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