Former Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty will pass command of the department to new Fire Chief Ron Phillips during a public ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10 at the Main Fire Station, 535 Glenn Drive.
Guests at the ceremony will include Mayor Andy Morin and City Council members, and ranking members of regional law enforcement agencies and fire departments. The ceremony is open to the public.
The traditional Change of Command ceremony is the symbolic movement of authority and command between the two fire service officers. Following a short procession by Folsom fire fighters, the ceremony will include the passing of the department’s “speaking trumpet” from former Chief Haverty to Chief Phillips, and the ringing of the Folsom’s historic fire bell.
The speaking trumpet was historically used by fire officers to beckon fire fighters to fire scenes before the use of modern means of communication. Now the trumpet or bugle is a symbol of rank.
“Chief Phillips has served our City with honor and integrity and is highly qualified to assume command of this vital department,” said City Manager Kerry Miller. “He successfully competed against one of the most stellar group of candidates I have seen, quickly rising to the top of the candidate pool.”
Chief Phillips noted, “I appreciate this wonderful opportunity to lead the outstanding men and women of the city of Folsom’s Fire Department. Together we will continue to provide responsive and reliable fire management and emergency medical services to our community.”
Chief Phillips has 31 years of fire service experience. He joined the city of Folsom in 2002 as fire marshal and was promoted to deputy fire chief in 2005. He served as acting fire chief during the recruitment process.
“I am delighted to witness Chief Ron Phillips assume command and leadership of the Folsom Fire Department,” says former Chief Haverty. “Ron is a respected fire officer among his peers and has a proven record of excellent management and command skills. He knows the city and municipal government well; and will serve the community with integrity and dedication.”
Phillips now oversees a staff of 65, providing complete fire suppression, rescue, prevention, public education, hazardous materials response and emergency medical services to the Folsom community.