11/14/13 223 W - + 7 - 6 Western Wake Names New Fire Chief


Western Wake Fire Rescue last week announced (via their Facebook page) the naming of their new Fire Chief. Effective at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 11, Captain Garland Johnston assumed the duties of Chief of Department. He s the successor of Fire Chief David Cates, who submitted his resignation after recently accepting the position of Fire Chief of Eastern Wake Fire Rescue. (Negative for our out-of-state readers, there's neither a Southern Wake nor Northern Wake fire department. There once was a Northern Wake Rescue Squad, however.)

Chief Johnston has been a member of Western Wake Fire Rescue since the organization's creation on July 1, 1998, as a merger of Fairgrounds and Yrac fire departments. He joined the Fairgrounds FD in 1993, and ascended the ranks to the position of Captain at Western Wake. He's also a full-time member of Fuquay-Varina Fire Department, where he serves as Battalion Chief. He previously served as a member of the Holly Springs Fire Department.

David Cates served as Western Wake's Assistant Chief under Fire Chief Jim Bona. He was promoted to interim fire chief in August 2007, and appointed Fire Chief in January 2008. He will continue to remain active as a member of the fire department. (See this prior posting, where we attempted to list all county fire chiefs, past and present.)

Congratulations to Chief Johnston!





Congratulations Garland..
J.R - 11/14/13 - 21:49

Congratulations Chief!
JerryC - 11/17/13 - 17:06



  
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