Columbus’s new fire chief was sworn in last night after the city council accepted him as the mayor’s nomination.
29-year veteran of the Columbus Fire Department David Allmon has only been retried for eighteen months and already has an idea of what he wants to do with the department.
Allmon says he plans to take advantage of the larger training budget the city council passed this year by training more emergency medical responders.
“We’d like to maintain ALS engines, and without training more paramedics then we’re going to fall short to be able to maintain those 24/7,” Allmon says.
ALS engines are Advanced Life Saving apparatus commonly known as ‘Fire Rescue’ vehicles. Allmon say that he wants to follow the footsteps of predecessor Joel Thacker, establishing a more reliable fire department force as well as integrating hospital ambulances in some of the fire houses.
“That’s going to help our firefighters and those paramedics to work together,” he says. We’re also working on a plan with Ivy Tech to precept students that are going through the paramedic program through Ivy Tech and that’ll give our firefighters again that are paramedics to get more training and more opportunities to work.”
Thacker who resigned for personal reasons, had only been the chief for four months.