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New Columbia Co. Fire Chief shares plans for the department


Columbia County's fire chief is sharing his plans for the future. Jeremy Wallen accepted the position at Tuesday night's commission meeting.

 "It's always exciting when you get to do something a little bit different and new. So, that's always refreshing,” said Chief Wallen.

But the position isn't as new for Wallen, considering he's been the interim Fire Chief since January when Former Chief Doug Cooper retired. Regardless, Wallen is just as excited for his new role.

He explained, "This a great fire department with a great staff here. And they make it easy to move forward."

Chief Wallen has now taken on the position to oversee 15 fire stations across Columbia County with more than 150 employees. In his 23 years with Columbia County Fire Rescue he’s seen a thing or two.  Now the change he wants to see is his Agency becoming accredited.

He explained, "I really want to start look at that as being our next goal.  I think that's a good follow up to the achievement of the ISO class one rating. But that's a 2 to 3 year process, it's very intensive."

A small percentage of stations in the nation receive an ISO class one rating. Wallen's goal is to continue to further his department's level of excellence and its great relationship with the County's government.

 "This is a great position to be in because the staff we have here in this county is second to none,” Wallen said.

Wallen has been the county's Fire Rescue Administration Chief for the past 10 years.

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