Firefighter badge pinning draws crowd |

Firefighter badge pinning draws crowd

Staff Reports
Shannon Litz

More than 150 people attended a badge pinning for East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts personnel on Saturday.

The districts officially welcomed and recognized several new employees on Saturday.

Following introductory comments by Districts Chief Tod Carlini and District Board Chairman Greg Lynn, Carlini started the traditional badge pinning by introducing East Fork’s newest Deputy Chief, Tim Soule. Soule is responsible for the districts’ Training and Safety Division. Deputy Fire Chief of Operations, Dave Fogerson introduced East Fork’s newest employees, including Jeremy Hall, Adam Wennhold, Micah Triplett and Derek Jackson. The districts also recognized those employees who have recently been promoted, including Paul Azevedo to fire captain and Nick Summers, Roby Safford, and Clayton Peterson to paramedic-firefighter. Summers, Safford, and Peterson all completed year- long programs to earn their certifications as paramedics. Azevedo was promoted to fire captain after an internal competitive process, and has been in the position for seven months.

Firefighters could chose who would pin their badges to their shirts, which is fire department tradition that dates back several years, and is one way that is used to recognize the districts’ new employees and promoted employees. The new employees also participated in the official swearing in, administered by Fogerson.

The districts also recognized its 2013 graduating Volunteer Firefighter Academy students.

Seventeen students were issued their certificates, hats, and shirts. The 2013 class is the largest class the district has seen in some time. Each participant spent six months learning all the basic skills necessary to earn State Firefighter 1 certification.

Following the ceremony, there was a barbecue.

Carlini congratulated the new employees and those promoted and asked that those volunteers graduating from the volunteer academy and hoping to become career firefighters, should allow those new employees to serve as examples of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. More than half of the districts’ employed staff, including all seven chief officers, started their fire service careers as volunteers.