Dennis Doan has his work cut out for him as Boise’s new fire chief. According to a press release from Team Dave, the former captain has only “fire station commander” in his administrative background.
That could be risky since the 17 year veteran firefighter will now be in charge of more than 200 firefighters AND a budget of close to $40,000,000. Typically a captain is commander of only two other firefighters and a pumper truck during his shift.
Word on the fire trucks says Doan is an able and amiable fireman with plenty of specialty training under his belt. As former union president–who assisted Team Dave with the November victory–he will change sides as a management guy.
With retirements looming for the top commanders of the department, citizens could see lots of changes in the coming year. The GUARDIAN wishes Doan all the best in the new endeavor.
Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt applauded Mayor Dave Bieter,s decision to hire from within the ranks of the department.
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