Washington City Fire Department gets a new chief

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.

Pictured: Washington Police Chief Jim Keith (left); Washington Fire Chief Brent Hafen (center left); Washington City Manager Roger Carter (center right); and Mayor Kenneth Neilson (right), Washington, Utah, April 3, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Shelly Griffin
Pictured: Washington City’s Police Chief Jim Keith (left); Fire Chief Brent Hafen (center left); City Manager Roger Carter (center right); and Mayor Kenneth Neilson (right), Washington, Utah, April 3, 2013 | Photo courtesy of Shelly Griffin

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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  • My Evil Twin April 4, 2013 at 9:58 am

    This looks to me like a true win-win-win situation! Congrats to Washington City for getting another top man for a top position. Congrats to a very dedicated and experienced man that has been named Chief, and to another man for moving on to another good job.

    • ken April 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      I’d be willing to bet that you can count on one hand how many cities with a population of less then 20k have a fire marshall. This is some bunk and the fleecing of the taxpayers!! Just more of the Southern Utah good ole boy crap, truely pathetic!

  • Kathy April 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Maybe they should get GPS in the firetrucks because they sat up the street from me for almost 5 minutes looking for an apartment building that is located at the opposite end of the street and the address is clearly marked.

    • fire capt April 5, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Maybe they were told to stage in the area and waiting for the police to give them the okay to come in

      • My Evil Twin April 8, 2013 at 12:13 pm

        Some people are more interested in finding fault, than they are in hearing logic. I’m sure Kathy is one of those who can always tell other folks how to do their jobs and live their lives, because she “knows best.”

  • sweet jude April 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    At least they’re on top of disciplining cops who step outside of their boundaries, which is rarely seen these days.

    • My Evil Twin April 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Hey, tell us more! I’d like to hear about it, seriously!

      • sweet jude April 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm

        Ofc. Jeff christensen apparently got “the boot. ” he couldn’t handle his favoritism issues and has plenty of emotional problems which is a potent combination for cops to have nowadays, but I could be wrong about the reason why he was actually let go, it could have been a number of other things. He had lied on his post application several years earlier when he first arrived in Washington city which then suspended him for 2 years.

      • ken April 8, 2013 at 2:11 pm

        I’d like to logically hear why a city the size of Washington needs a fire marshall? This new position is bogus and a waste of the taxpayers money. So let’s get on with the logic of why this is needed!

        • My Evil Twin April 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

          That is a very good point, Ken. Now I don’t know for sure, but it is my understanding that there is a “county fire marshal.” It would seem to me like the different towns in the county don’t need to have their own.

          • Big Don April 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

            Do you really think that one individual can do justice to the entire county and all communities that are here?

          • ken April 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm

            A county fire marhsal makes sense but not one for a twon of less then 20k people! A typical fleecing by the good ole boy network!!!!

  • Karen Robinson January 29, 2014 at 7:15 am

    So glad they got rid of that idiot Jeff Christensen, I told them when I went in to pay a ticket he gave me, which I didn’t deserve “I can’t wait to see when he gets fired, it’s going to happen”. Total …
    Ed. ellipsis

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