In Monday night's session of the Gassville City Council, the council gave unanimous approval to accept Mayor Jeff Braim's recommendation to hire Buford resident Will Syfrett as the new Fire Chief. He will take over the position March first.Braim says Syfrett's background made him the most qualified for the job.
Syfrett is currently an employee of Baxter County, working as the Safety Coordinator, and also serves as the Chief of the Buford Volunteer Fire Department. He is an adjunct trainer for the Arkansas Fire Academy.
In his new position he will be responsible for the administration, overall operation and management of all fire operations, prevention and emergency response activities in the City of Gassville.
The Gassville Fire Department operates with an interagency, day-to-day mutual aid agreement with all of the fire departments in Baxter County.
The council also approved the 2018 budget, the 2017 operating budget reconciliation, and a list of items to be sold by the fire department.
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