Effective Tuesday, May 21, MFRD will have a new Captain/Shift Training Officer. Driver Mike Keith has been promoted to the position.
Keith has been with the department since December 2000 and has obtained several certifications over the course of his career. He has been an instructor for many classes within the department including: Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) Training, Extrication, and Firefighter Survival.
Keith has also been an instructor for the Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy in Deason, Tennessee for 10 years and has accumulated over 10,600 contact hours with TFACA students.
Keith will join the two other Captain/Shift Training Officers, Bob Decker and Terry Smith, in responsibilities such as: performing the duties of a safety officer, planning, organizing, and implementing effective fire suppression and other training for fire personnel, scheduling and overseeing tests performed on fire engines, hoses, and hydrants, preparing and writing accurate reports relating to fires, personnel , injuries and accidents, investigations, records of station information, apparatus, and equipment--- just to name a few.
“With Mike’s knowledge, background, and experience, we believe that he will be a great asset to the Training Division,” said Allen Swader, Assistant Chief of Training. “We look forward to working with him.”