Last night (Monday, December 10) Kent Fire Chief Dave Manthey held a special promotion ceremony where new Fire Captain Dave Moore and new Fire Lieutenant Jamie Samels were officially sworn in for duty.
Friends, families and fellow firefighters packed the room in recognition of the hard work and years of service that paid off for these two rising stars in the Kent Fire Department. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know both of these Fire Department employees and I’m not surprised by their rise up the ranks.
These guys are smart, dedicated, and extremely capable professionals — we’re lucky to have them both and I look forward to seeing them perform in their new leadership roles. Kent Patch covered the event and you can read the story and view pictures by clicking here.
Also on Chief Manthey’s agenda last night was a special awards ceremony recognizing two Kent Fire employees that went the extra mile to coordinate some special fire training exercises using the vacant apartments on KSU campus (Allerton) that are scheduled for demolition. Before the buildings come down, our Fire Department has been busy practicing fire fighting and rescue tactics in the building shell. Firefighter Gary Lane and Captain Dave Moore received awards for leading the training exercises that included an open invitation to Fire Departments all across our region to join in and use this opportunity to sharpen their skills.
Hundreds of training hours were gained by this unique opportunity and these guys found a way to provide it all on their own personal time — not City time. It would certainly qualify for City time but these guys know how tight the 24 hour shifts are running calls so rather than trying to squeeze in an hour here and there, they took it upon themselves to make arrangements for more intensive training that was really only possible on off days.
So yes, that means that they devoted many hours of their own time, without pay, to make themselves, and everyone that participated, more prepared to be ready to perform for you and me if we ever find ourselves in a fire or medical emergency and hit the 911 speed dial for help.
That’s dedication to your profession. That’s the kind of example that makes me proud to serve along side them.