In January of this year the Fire Department underwent several changes in preparation of placing its newest fire station, the Green House, in service. Included in these changes were personnel assignments due to vacancies left in the department. So, in addition to a new station, new crews were formed.
Talk to any firefighter, visit any fire house, read any blog and it is readily apparent how absolutely necessary it is to have a good relationship with the folks that you work with. Of course there are many references to the Fire Department “family”, which at times may seem cliché, but it is the absolute truth. Like any family, there needs to be someone to give direction, teach their children and guide them to make good decisions and become productive adults. Well in our Fire Department family at #3 A shift, our “Dad” is Captain James Firebaugh. When we received our new assignment in January he had his work cut out for him. As Captain he is responsible for everything that happens at our station, and much like a parent he watches over us to make sure we are productive employees.
With over 26 years of experience in this department under his belt, I would say he was more than qualified for the task. Not unlike any other family it was not without its growing pains. Getting used to new co-workers, equipment, and territory is not something that happens overnight. But with the Captain’s guidance and patience things came together quickly.
I had mentioned earlier that the Captain plays a key role in ensuring we are productive employees. Part of that is preparing us to advance within the ranks of the department, while at the same time taking advantage of any promotional opportunities open to him.
Well, one such opportunity presented itself and starting next A shift work cycle, Captain James Firebaugh will become Battalion Chief James Firebaugh!
We could not be more proud of his accomplishment and feel very fortunate to have been able to work for him. Luckily, we will continue to work for him, only now as our Battalion Chief on the North Side.
So, at 0750 hours the Captain will remove his gear from the big red truck for the last time. From now on it will sit neatly in the back seat of his Chief’s car patiently waiting to be donned at “The Big One.”
Captain, it has been a short 11 months, but a fun 11 months. We have learned a tremendous amount and truly appreciate the time we had together.
Doesn’t be a stranger; feel free to come by any Saturday or Sunday for some Pittsburgh potatoes, or any other night for one of Chef Mulford’s culinary delights.
Additionally, we would also like to congratulate Captain Terry King on his promotion to Battlaion Chief!
12th St. SE Working Fire
3 years ago