Allen Fire Department (AFD) welcomed new employees and celebrated career advancements at its annual Promotional Ceremony and Awards Presentation on Wednesday, March 6.
The department recognized seven employees promoted to new titles in the last year, including:
“Most candidates do not get promoted the first time they try,” noted Chief Jonathan Boyd. “Being a leader in the Allen Fire Department requires determination and sacrifice, two qualities that are essential to being an excellent leader.”
AFD welcomed eight new hires during the ceremony at Allen City Hall. Derek Cook, Grant Patterson, Simeon Royal, Erick Esquivel, Hunter Bostick, Levi Haggard and Dirik Jones are the department’s newest firefighters/paramedics. Samantha Herber joins AFD as a fire prevention specialist.
“It’s a real feat when someone is selected to work for Allen Fire Department,” said Chief Boyd. “For every one person that joins our team, twenty-five [other applicants] don’t make it.”
At the annual ceremony, AFD also recognized individuals who made a significant impact in the department during the last year.
Chris Diltz received Community Volunteer of the Year for his leadership of the Allen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Citizen Fire Academy. Thanks to his work, CERT surpassed 200 trained volunteer responders in fall of 2018.
Tony Cooper received the Fire Educator of the Year Award. After more than 15 years with AFD, Cooper began working in fire administration as the EMS Specialist in September. In this role, he has spearheaded numerous educational efforts, including free community CPR classes offered monthly to any Allen citizen.
The 2019 Firefighter/Paramedic of the Year Award was given to Robert Gibson. He is a valued resource to new employees during their preceptorship process, and his mechanical know-how has saved the department numerous costly repair calls. In November, his EMS skills saved the life of a man who was unconscious and barely breathing.
Captain Chris Plumlee received the Fire Officer of the year. Captain Plumlee was lauded for his high level of professionalism, contagious enthusiasm and natural leadership ability. Chief Boyd praised Captain Plumlee for “surpassing my expectations and making me a stronger leader and administrator.”
Allen Fire Department is currently hiring Firefighters/Paramedics and Fire Prevention Specialists. View job descriptions and apply.