Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites shows VALU class members the firefightersâ€™ living quarters. (Staff photo/Brittany Powell)
Criminal justice and safety forces were the focus for February’s Visioning Auglaize Leadership and Unity, a class designed to enhance knowledge of the county for local business leaders.
Members of the class toured county law enforcement and safety facilities located in Wapakoneta, including the Wapakoneta Fire Department.
Wapakoneta Fire Chief Kendall Krites gave VALU members a tour of the fire house and spoke about daily operations of the firefighters, including downtime, regular maintanence, cleaning, training and squad and EMS runs.
Krites explained how firefighters are often trained on more than fire emergencies, as the community looks to the fire department for technical tasks, including road, water, ice, confined space and rapid intervention.
“What we try to do through the Auglaize County Fire Chief Association through this county is to encourage the different departments to find one or two things that they’re good at, so everybody doesn’t have to be a jack-of-all-trades,” Krites said.
For the full story, see the Monday, Feb. 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.