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Salem Fire Department Has New Chief

Salem Fire Department Has New Chief

Salem Fire Department Promotions (left to right) new Deputy Assistant Chief Steve Murphy, new Assistant Chief Jim Cerny, new Chief David Duncan and new Deputy Assistant Chief Greg Miller. 

The Salem Fire Protection District has a new chief.

Assistant Fire Chief David Duncan was promoted to the chief’s job, replacing Roger Mann who ended his 15-year career as chief in April. Duncan has served a total of 43 years in various capacities on the Salem Fire Protection District after joining the department at the age of 17.

“It’s been on my bucket list for many years.  Of course, I am quite excited about assuming the job and have a lot of plans that I’ve got in store that I hope me and my management team will be able to make the department even better than it is now.”

The board of trustees has also announced promotions of three other long-time members of the department. Jim Cerny will now be Assistant Chief and Steve Murphy and Greg Miller will be Deputy Assistant Chiefs.

Duncan will be placing special emphasis on getting new firefighters to join the paid-on-call team members. He notes the department will teach need skills. Membership applications are available at the fire station. You can also contact Duncan via email at chief@salemfire.org or stop by the fire station on Tuesday evening between 6 and 6:30 pm.

In addition to being chief, Mann served more than 27 years as a member of the Salem Fire Protection District. He began his firefighting career with the Kell Fire Protection District in 1977. In 1983, he was involved with the start of the Fairfield Rural Fire Protection District and was its first chief.