The Emmett Fire Department has promoted Capt. Rick Marston to deputy fire chief and firefighter Kirk Knighton to captain. The promotions were made official during the Jan. 22 Emmett City Council meeting where Marston, Knighton and all of the fire department employees were recognized for their commitment and service to the city.
“The mayor’s office is extremely grateful to all of these volunteers for the service that they give to the community. They have stepped up to the plate to serve and protect our residents while sacrificing their free time and sometimes even their vacations,” Emmett Mayor Bill Butticci said.
Marston, who began his service with the EFD in 2006, reached the level of captain in 2010. He has attained Firefighter I and II, Fire Service Pump Operator, Idaho Fire Instructor I and Fire Officer I certifications, along with his Idaho Emergency Medical Technician license. The deputy chief position had been vacant for three years prior to Marston’s promotion, EFD Chief Shannon Crays said.
Knighton has been with the department since 2005. He holds the following certifications: Firefighter I and II, Fire Service Pump Operator, Fire Instructor I and Idaho Emergency Medical Responder license. In 2012 he completed a 140-hour Emergency Medical Technician course and is currently completing licensure testing.
“We have gained tremendous leadership for Emmett Fire Department. We’re always training our successors and that’s what it takes to live up to our mission statement –‘Desire to Serve, Ability to Perform, Courage to Act,’” Crays said.
The city council also recognized the entire fire crew at last month’s meeting, acknowledging individual achievements, including:
• Firefighter I certification and completion of 140 hours of basic firefighting by Kevin O’Donnell, Michael Giery and Riley Whiteman. All three have completed the requirements for state certification as well.
• Emergency Medical Technician course completion, including 150 hours of instruction time by Trevor Sund, Tim Perkins, Gene Day, Kirk Knighton and Kris Widmann. Sund has passed the state test and received his license; the others are pending.
• Fire Officer I and II certification, including 100 hours of instruction and passing final exam by Marston, Knighton, Day, Giery and Curt Christensen.
• Tony Casetta joined EFD in February 2012. He holds Firefighter I and II, Aerial Apparatus Operator, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer and Idaho Emergency Medical Technician license.
The EFD is made up of volunteers who receive limited compensation on a per-call basis. All hold full-time jobs outside of their service to EFD and the citizens of Emmett.