New Hobart fire chief won't be named until review completed

2013-07-26T21:00:00Z 2013-10-04T11:55:09Z New Hobart fire chief won't be named until review completedDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | Mayor Brian Snedecor said he doesn't expect to name a new fire chief until an ongoing review of the Fire Department is completed.

"Hopefully, this will be completed within the next 30 to 60 days," Snedecor said.

In the meantime, Brian Kerr will continue to serve as the acting fire chief.

"Brian is doing a good job," Snedecor said.

Kerr served as assistant fire chief under former Fire Chief Brian Taylor.

Snedecor named Kerr acting fire chief June 30 when Taylor retired from the department to take a position with the Hobart Police Department.

Taylor, who served as fire chief for nearly three years, was sworn in as a new police officer July 1.

In the coming months — as a review of the Fire Department is completed — a permanent replacement for Taylor will be determined, Snedecor said.

Hobart officials earlier this year hired a consultant to review the Fire Department in every aspect including staffing, equipment and operation.

"We are reviewing the Fire Department from top to bottom," Snedecor said.

The status of Hobart's emergency medical services has continued to be a hot issue of discussion since Jan. 9, when several city officials met with Superior Ambulance to hear a privatization proposal.

Snedecor, during a City Council meeting last spring, said he had hired a consultant to study the issue before taking any steps to remove the city service.

The department has a roster of 46 firefighters, including the acting chief, who are cross-trained as paramedics or emergency medical technicians.

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