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Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Mounds View Fire Department (SBM) Chief Charlie Smith has been named the Director of the Anoka County Fire Academy. As Director, Chief Smith oversees the operation and administration of the academy.
SBM Assistant Chief of Operations Dan Retka was appointed as the Director of Operations and SBM Chief in Training Chad Martin was appointed as the Director of Administration. All three replaced the original Directors, who founded the Academy, as they stepped down to focus on other professional endeavors. The SBM staff has been appointed to twoyear terms.
The academy consists of delivery of training in Firefighter I, II, Hazardous Materials Operation and some Emergency Medical skills. This is only for new recruits for all of the Anoka County Fire Departments. The Academy puts on approximately two classes a year (Spring and Fall) and has trained nearly 300 firefighters since its inception in 2012.
Congratulations Chief Smith, Assistant Chief Retka, and Chief in training Martin.
Pictured L to R: SBM Chief Charlie Smith, Asst. SBM Chief Operations Don Retka, and SBM Chief in Training Chad Martin