Chief Ellis started his career with Scio Fire District in 1991 at age 17 as a high school fire cadet. As a Cadet Ellis was allowed to leave the school during classes to respond and assist with fires and medical calls for the district. Ellis continued learning new skills and in 1994 attended LBCC for his basic firefighter academy and obtained his firefighter certification. Ellis continued his training becoming a Apparatus Operator in 1997 and became a Lieutenant in 1998. In 2001 Ellis showed an interest in the fire training part of the district. He was promoted to the the fire training officer for the district and began planning the training session and drills for the district. Ellis also supports training classes for the Santiam Fire Academy and helps to train new firefighters for several districts in the area. His current duties include training and records of district personnel and also covers duty officer over some weekends. Like all volunteers; Ellis has raised his family in the Scio area and works a full time job outside of the district. Ellis works for a Motor Race Team and the Willamette Speedway. When asked why he volunteers Chief Ellis stated, "I believe that this has been a great way for me to give back to the community that supported me and my family over the many years we have lived in Scio."