Wednesday, Feb. 2 Jeff Peterson begins his new job as Logan City Fire Chief after his ratification by the Logan Municipal Council Tuesday night. Peterson previously served as administrative assistant chief and he has a lifetime of distinguished service, not only in fire service but also in training and starting such organizations as the Cache County Hazardous Materials response Team, the Cache County Wildland hand crew and the local emergency planning committee.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Peterson said he hopes to move ahead with plans for a new station in southwest Logan that will greatly reduce response time in the area.”I think I may be changing our staffing just a little bit,” Peterson said. “Nothing major, possibly putting in some battalion chief positions, not with extra people, because that’s just not in the cards right now, but re-shuffling the people we have to be able to fill that so we have a battalion chief supervisor on shift with the fire fighters 24/7.” Logan Mayor Randy Watts says the new chief has an exemplary fire service career that includes leadership not only in firefighting, but also in training and certification. One of those points of emphasis is on hazardous materials. Peterson said he was first exposed to hazardous materials back in 1990 as a county deputy chief when Cache Valley Dairy caught fire.”I think even back then it was like a $10 million fire loss,” Peterson explained. “I look back on all the things that happened on that fire and could have gone better, but it really set the hazardous materials program in motion because we had no experience in hazardous materials. “We sent a number of fire fighters to the hospital after that incident. When Kelly and I got together after we said, ‘You know what, this is not going to happen again.'”Among his many achievements, Peterson was instrumental in starting the Cache County Hazardous Materials Response Team which at that time was one of only a few in rural Utah.Peterson’s fire service career began in 1983 as a firefighter EMT with the Smithfieild Volunteer Department. He served as deputy chief for the Cache County Fire District until hired by Logan City in 2001.
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