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Forsyth Fire Promotes Four of its Best

Four people with the Forsyth Fire Department were recently promoted; three to rank of division chief and one to lieutenant.

Family, friends and staff celebrated four individuals with thein a ceremony Friday.

Three of them were promoted to the rank of division chief and one to the rank of lieutenant. The three division chief positions are newly created positions, established as part of a re-organization within the fire department. All three of these positions report directly to the chief of department.

Brenda Green was formally promoted to the rank of division chief, fire administration.

"I'm very humbled, very honored, very excited," said Green. "I've been with the fire department for 18 years, with the county for 19, and I just hope to be a great asset in this position and to all the men and women of the fire department, for the county employees and citizens."

Green joined the department in January 1995, serving most recently as administrative assistant, senior. As division chief, fire administration, Green will be responsible for day-to-day operations of Fire Headquarters and Fire Administration; monitoring the department’s budget; and supervision of administrative staff.

Captain Jason Shivers was formally promoted to the rank of division chief, technical services.

"It's an honor," said Shivers. "I'm entering my 15th year with Forsyth County Fire and I look forward to serving many more years, serving the community and serving the firefighters of this department."

In addition to his new duties, Shivers will remain as the department's spokesperson to the media.

"I will continue to be the spokesperson, PIO (Public Information Officer) so you and I will continue to work together closely," he told Cumming Patch. "I really enjoy that aspect of the job."

Shivers joined the department in March 1998, serving most recently as inspector general. As division chief, technical services, Shivers will oversee the department’s Training, Emergency Medical Services and Motor Maintenance subdivisions; serve as the department spokesman; and be responsible for quality control, customer service and fire apparatus specifications.

The department’s fire marshal, Kevin Wallace, was transferred to the position of division chief, field operations.

"I've got a lot of good guys to work with," said Wallace. "We've got a lot of dedicated people in our department, a lot of individuals that are well trained that have a lot of good ideas and I'm looking forward to hearing those. Implementing some new policies and hopefully move the department forward in a good manner."

Wallace joined the department in April 1997, serving most recently as division chief, Fire Marshal’s Office. As division chief, field operations, Wallace will be responsible for daily field-level and suppression functions to include supervision of the department’s six battalion chiefs.

Firefighter II Keith Pertschi was formally promoted to the rank of lieutenant during the ceremony and said he was feeling great about his new position.

"I've actually been in the field for about 10 months already," said Pertschi. "This is the formal conclusion of the promotion. So it's been great. I'm settling in with my guys and we're working well together."

Pertschi joined the department in March 2004 and is currently stationed at Fire Station 4. As a lieutenant, Pertschi will assume a leadership role at his fire station, managing an engine company and the firefighters on his shift.

"These individuals will take my place," said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. "My goal as a 44 year firefighter is that when I leave it [fire department] never misses a beat and I'm not being humbled. That is my job."

"I'm not only doing my job, but I train the immediate next generation and those who are coming up after them," he continued. "I'm very proud of them."

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