Yuma Fire Department Chief awarded 'Fire Officer' designation
Story by: Meteorologist and Reporter Tim Lavigne
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - One of Yuma Fire Department's very own is honored with the designation of 'Fire Officer' by the Commission of Professional Credentialing.
Yuma Fire Department's Battalion Chief Charlie Smith is now one of 155 people internationally to have been awarded the fire officer designation.
is monumental, because it means that Yuma’s
Fire Department has one of the best firefighter trainers in the world.
recruiting efforts for the fire department that much easier, because new
firefighters know it gives them the potential to follow in Smith’s footsteps.
brings more than 20 years of experience to the table. He served as a fire
captain for 10 years before being promoted to Battalion Chief of the EMS
Division in the fire department this year.
reputation and leadership have inspired firefighters, including Fire Captain
Smith is one of the big reasons that he wants to become a fire officer himself
“He was a
mentor to me when I promoted to captain. He set the foundation for me to want
to promote. He is a respected member of the fire department and a respected
member of the community,” Root said.
benefits for the Yuma Fire Department don’t end there. Chief Smith is the
second battalion chief in Yuma
to be designated a Fire Officer.
two of the three fire officers in the entire state of Arizona
are right here, protecting the City of Yuma.
Aside from Chief Smith, Battalion Chief Mike Walton was awarded the fire officer designation earlier this year, according to YFD Public Information Officer Mike Erfert.
Chief Smith now serves as the department's Emergency Medical System Division Chief, and Chief Walton heads the professional services division.
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