WSFR BOARD ANNOUNCES NEW FIRE CHIEF
The WSFR Board of Directors has extended a job offer for its Fire Chief position to finalist Kris Kazian.
Kris Kazian currently serves as the Fire Chief for the Sedona, Arizona, Fire District. He has been the fire chief of the 100-employee agency that covers 168 square miles and provides EMS transport services for 274 square miles with 5 fire stations since 2012. Sedona has a large wildland-urban interface and has a wildland team that deploys nationally. Sedona Fire District has approximately 20,000 full-time residents and 3-4 million annual visitors. WSFR covers 100 square miles with its three full-time staff stations and has approximately 85 full-time, part-time and volunteer employees as well as a wildland team. Like WSFR, Sedona is a special tax district that is governed by a publicly-elected board of directors.
Kazian has worked in the fire service for 29 years, starting his career as a firefighter/paramedic in the northern suburbs of Chicago. After 20 years of service, he retired from Countryside Fire Protection District in 2012. He worked in nearly all ranks of the agency, retiring as the deputy chief of operations.
Kazian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science, a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, and is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer
He and his wife, Kristy, have four daughters — Kate, Emma, Lexi, and Cami. After Lexi passed away at the age of 2, they started a nonprofit organization in her honor and memory dedicated to helping children with special needs. He is currently the president of the Rotary Club of Sedona and is the President of the Lexi Kazian Foundation – Helping from Heaven, and Chairman of both the Verde Valley and Yavapai County Fire EMS Chief Associations.
“We had two very good and very qualified candidates,” WSFR Board Treasurer said.
It is anticipated that the new chief will start at WSFR in early 2019. Operations Chief Mike Blackwill has been serving in the interim Fire Chief role following the departure of the former fire chief in early 2018. “The investment you’re making in Chief Kazian is a great one,” Blackwill told the board after the announcement.
The selection process consisted of several rounds of applications, and interviews and involved all levels of WSFR staff as well as community members and leaders from Windsor and Severance.
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