Fire District #3 last week promoted two members of their team to higher rankings. Chief Dan Petersen said that the two had distinguished themselves by their hard work and willingness to take additional steps to better themselves and the department.
Nate Smith was promoted to Captain in front of a large gathering of firefighters at the headquarters station on March 28. Smith began with the District in 2003 as a volunteer and became a full-time fireman in 2006. During his time with the District, he has at times, served in the role of captain. Smith has also taken on himself to build training apparatus for the facility, a benefit to all area firefighters. Smith’s wife and children were on hand to pin on his new badge.
Mike Hussey was the second promotion of the day. Hussey received his new badge as Battalion Chief, a position he has held on a temporary basis over the years. As Battalion Chief, a firefighter has complete control and responsibility for the entire operation. Chief Petersen said that he leans heavily on his Battalion Chiefs.
Hussey became a volunteer in 1991 and was promoted to full-time fireman in 1998. Over the past 15 years, he has been involved in a course of self-improvement and study that has been a benefit not only to himself, but a profit to the department as well. Chief Petersen described Hussey as a “student of his craft,” and said that he was highly “motivated.”
As with most firefighters, Smith and Hussey were pretty tight-lipped about their accomplishments, preferring to let their accomplishments speak for them. As such, Chief Petersen had to list their deeds.
A common misconception amongst the public is that firemen respond to fires and spray water on flames. But the course of training they endure is infinitely more complicated. These two individuals have set high standards within their own ranks for learning and implementing change for the protection of the District and of fellow firefighters.