Captain Paul Farrell was recognized at the most recent Oracle Fire District Fire Board meeting for obtaining the level of Engine Boss. This is prestigious certification that takes many years of hard work both in the classroom as well as on wildfire assignments.
A “task book” is started very early in one’s career, and, little by little, significant accomplishments are achieved, signed off, and intermediate levels are assigned until finally, every objective in the task book is completed. At that point, the book goes in front of a “Red Card Committee” at the Arizona State Forester’s Office. It is this committee which determines whether the designation of Engine Boss should be awarded.
Captain Farrell received this official title this month. As an Engine Boss, Captain Farrell can lead a wildland fire engine out on assignments, either here in the Oracle Fire District, throughout Arizona or elsewhere in the United States.
Thank you, Captain Farrell, for your hard work and dedication to your profession and to Oracle Fire District! And, special thanks to Martha, David, and Patrick Farrell for the huge sacrifice of your husband and father during these lengthy and dangerous assignments.
Welcome, Firefighter David Selby, to the full-time rank at Oracle Fire District. Firefighter Selby was hired as a “Reserve Firefighter” in 2015, and after passing a lengthy testing and interviewing period, was hired full-time this July.
Thank you Firefighter Selby, for your hard work and dedication to the community of Oracle, the State of Arizona, and the United States of America.