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Kump selected as new Deputy Chief for CCFR
Casey Kump will remain in the position of fire marshal, with his new position becoming effective Nov. 1
Casey Kump, the current Fire Marshal for Crook County Fire and Rescue, will soon be adding the duties of Deputy Chief to his schedule.
November 05, 2012
Amidst some key changes in staff this year at Crook County Fire and Rescue (CCFR), the department has selected their new Deputy Chief.
Casey Kump has been selected to fill the position, which was formerly held by Jim Dean, who was with CCFR since 1989.
“My goal is to try to step into that role, and be a lot like Jim was,” remarked Kump.
“We are happy to have him,” commented CCFR Fire Chief Matt Smith. “He is a very talented person. He is well-integrated already into the fire department as well as the community, and all the contacts and players that are in the system.”
Kump began with CCFR in 2004 as the CCFR Fire Marshal. He still holds that position, which will remain his primary responsibility, and his position as Deputy Chief became official Nov. 1.
With his fire marshal background and experience, Kump believes it will be useful as he begins his new duties, since there are many skills that overlap between the two positions. The Deputy Chief is an assistant to the CCFR Fire Chief, who oversees operations at the department. As Deputy Chief, Kump will be working with Smith in personnel management, operations, district practices, research with special districts, and policies in the district.
The fire marshal position entails public education programs, inspections and planned reviews, fire code issues, and burning regulations. Kump oversees the Fire Busters education program at the schools, and has an integral role in facilitating the Insurance Service Office rating (ISO) for the CCFR district.
Like Dean, he believes in carrying on the tradition of strong support for the volunteers at the department.
“They are an amazing group of people,” said Kump. “They really make this department.”
The new Deputy Chief holds a wide array of credentials, including ICC Fire Plans Examiner, a Fire Inspector II, National Child Passenger Safety Technician, and a NFPA Juvenile Intervention Specialist. He also holds an EVT Certified Ambulance Level II. Kump attended Montana State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science in trades and industry, with an education major in automotive technology and a minor in business education.
He also spent time working for TAC Automotive Group and Electronic Data Systems in Dearborn, Mich. as a consultant. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician/Advanced LI, and also worked for Crook County School District for five years as an automotive instructor.
Kump is glad that he had time to spend with the previous CCFR Fire Chief, Bob Schnoor and previous Deputy Fire Chief Dean. He is also excited to work with the current fire chief.
“Matt Smith is top notch,” he added.