Photo: Mountain Home Fire Chief Kris Quick
A veteran member of the Mountain Home Fire Department (MHFD) has been named as the department’s new chief.
Mountain Home Mayor Hillrey Adams announced the hiring of 26-year veteran Kris Quick as chief at the conclusion of Thursday’s meeting of the Mountain Home City Council.
Quick has served as assistant chief since his appointment in May, after serving as a captain in the MHFD. Quick served as a volunteer fireman for five years before joining the department full time in 1994. He replaces Ken Williams, who retired in June, after 35 years with the department.
Adams says a total of 10 applicants were received by the city, with the mayor deciding to interview three finalists for the position. Two of those finalists were local, Quick and MHFD Fire Inspector Capt. Gary Pyszka.
Adams, who joked about his lack of knowledge of the operation of a fire department, reached out to contacts across the state to help evaluate the applicants for the position. The mayor describes the process.
Quick was excited to accept the position and says he doesn’t expect any big changes to the department.
Adams says he expects both Quick and Pyszka to work well together, forming an effective leadership team for the department. He also discusses why Quick was the choice for the position.
The MHFD is in great shape according to Adams, who also says there are areas of the department that will receive more attention in the future.
The Mountain Home City Council next meets in regular session on Oct. 1.
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