Tom Fery lives in Stayton,Oregon with his wife Brenda and son Jordan. They have 7 other children and 8 grandchildren. Tom began his career in fire in 1979 as a member of the Stayton Fire Department, achieving the rank of lieutenant training officer. Tom went on to graduate from Oregon State University in 1989. He began his contracting work in fire in 1998, and joined the NWSA in 2001. His company Tom Fery Farm, Inc. currently has 5 hand crews under contract through the R6 crew agreement. Tom is very passionate about the land being a lifelong farmer and forester.