Craig firefighters promoted |

Craig firefighters promoted

Patrick Kelly

Craig Fire/Rescue's Lt. Kris Olsen and Cpt. Doug Willems pose for a photo after their promotion ceremony Thursday night.

Two of Craig’s firefighters are taking on new responsibilities in their community service after being promoted by Craig Fire/Rescue Chief KC Hume Thursday night.

Doug Willems, 15-year Craig Fire/Rescue veteran, was promoted from lieutenant to captain and Kris Olsen, 11-year veteran, entered the ranks at lieutenant after completing officer candidacy.

Hume said these promotions ensure that Craig Fire/Rescue will continue to have capable leadership moving forward.

"Each of the candidates that sat for promotional interviews, for both the captain and lieutenant position, brought a wealth of not only knowledge but skill set and experience," he said.

Willems said firefighters at Craig Fire/Rescue have a high level of training, which is essential because they are always adapting.

"We're not just going to house fires, wildland fires, car wrecks — the bad stuff," he said. "We go on stuff that nobody knows what to do with…. who are they going to call? They call the fire department."

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For Willems, it is all about the service and not the spotlight.

"I do it because I love what I do," he said. "I'm not here for the glory and definitely not for the money."

Olsen expressed the same sentiment about his work as a firefighter and said he was excited to take on new leadership responsibilities.

"It feels really good," he said. "A lot of responsibility."

To get the promotion, both candidates had to submit applications, interview with Hume and get his approval.

"Having the trust and the confidence from the chief to fulfill this position is a fundamental requirement but it also makes you feel really good that you have that confidence factor going into this role," Olsen said.

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