New Sandoval Fire Chief Chad Parson (left) presents Retired Chief J.D. Gore with a plaque of appreciation from the State Fire Marshall along with his helmet and a gold watch.
New Sandoval Fire Department Chief Discusses GoalsSandoval's new fire chief Chad Parson is talking about some of his goals. Parson officially took over as chief last year when a 27-year veteran of the department J.D. Gore stepped down. Parson notes new laws and requirements mean more training.
"The increased training and like we saw with the tanker on I-57, hazmat and hazardous materials is a big thing in the fire service now. EMS is a big part of our department and will continue to be. We would like to stress with our individual members the EMS side of it so we can get ambulances and basic care to those who need it", said Parson.
Parson says the Sandoval department currently has 22 members. "When you factor in our department with the fundraising activities that we do to supplement equipment, the community activities, the Easter egg hunts, the Toys for Tots, Thanksgiving dinners and then figure in that each call is an hour of each of your time, not to mention training and meetings, it is a sacrifice for every single one of these members to be a part of this", said Parson.
Parson has been on the department for 13 years and was assistant chief before being promoted to his new position. Gore says he remembers a number of large fires during his time on the department. He answered a total of 4,235 calls during his career. Gore says some health issues made him decide it was time to step down. Gore was presented a certificate congratulating him on his years of service from the State Fire Marshall's office. He also received his helmet, an engraved watch and a service pin for his 27 years of service.
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