WASHINGTON CITY – The Washington City Fire Department has a new fire chief today.
Brent Hafen was sworn in as Washington’s new fire chief Wednesday, succeeding former Fire Chief Jim Guynn who has taken a position as the city’s new fire marshal.
Hafen brings over 18 years experience in firefighting to the city’s fire department. His nearly two decades of experience have been served with the St. George Fire Department where he started as a volunteer and eventually became one of the department’s captains.
Upon replacing Guynn, Hafen complimented how advanced Washington’s fire department was compared to St. George when it oversaw a population of nearly 20,000.
“We’re well into the progress of a fire department (for a city this size),” he said. “The city has been very progressive with its fire department.”
Aside from his new position, Hafen said a grant will allow the fire department to hire at least three new full-time firefighters and a couple of new part-timers. The plan is to keep Washington’s two fire stations staffed as much as possible.
Currently Washington employs three full-time firefighters who are also paramedics. Hafen said the fire department responds to all medical calls within the city, which is approximately 1,200 per year. When necessary, Dixie Ambulance handles 911-emergency transport to Dixie Regional Medical Center.
In the long run, Hafen said the Washington City Fire Department will consist of a fire marshal, a fire chief, a captain, six full-time firefighters and a number of part-time firefighters and volunteers.
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