Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department Promotes David Vilt and Adam Halfpop
Two Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department (QCFMD) employees were recently promoted; David Vilt was promoted to captain and Adam Halfpop was promoted to engineer.
“We are extremely proud of Vilt and Halfpop,” shared Queen Creek Fire Chief Ron Knight. “The department is growing with the addition of a new fire station and 15 new firefighters. These two talented individuals will serve in leadership roles with a direct impact on our new firefighters and the entire department. We appreciate their dedication, and look forward to the great success we know they will have in these new positions.”
Vilt started with QCFMD in 2012 as firefighter. Vilt previously worked for the Black Canyon Fire Department where he spent three years as a firefighter. Vilt’s wife, Brittney, conducted the ceremonial badge pinning, joined by their three sons Adam, Logan and Eli. “I am excited to be part of Queen Creek’s future,” shared Captain David Vilt. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help train and lead our future generation of firefighters.”
The captain serves a crucial role, responsible for directly supervising a station and the three personnel assigned to the truck. In addition to serving as the first responders to an incident, fire captains are responsible for ensuring their crew completes necessary daily paperwork, fire and physical training, hydrant inspections and business inspections.
Halfpop started with QCFMD as a firefighter when it was established in 2008. Prior to working for QCFMD, Halfpop served as a firefighter with Rural Metro for four years. Halfpop is eager to take this next step in his career, “I am fortunate to be doing something that I love that is impactful to the community. The engineer is an essential role; we are responsible for getting the crew quickly and safely to emergency situations.” Kris Gale, Halfpop’s current captain, conducted his ceremonial badge pinning.
In addition to safely operating the fire engine in high stress situations, the engineer is also responsible for inspecting the engine and optimizing the efficiently of the engine on a call with proper placement. Fire engineers have an excellent sense of direction and are acutely familiar with the roadways in their community to ensure the quickest route during an emergency.
QCFMD follows a paramilitary structure with firefighters and engineers reporting to the captain and captains reporting to the on-duty battalion chief. QCFMD currently consists of two fire stations, Fire Station 1 located in Town Center and Fire Station 2 located in the southwestern portion of Town. A third station is under construction at Sossaman and Queen Creek roads in the northwestern portion of Town; Fire Station 3 is anticipated to open late this summer. The new fire station will require 15 new firefighter positions; the promotions of Vilt and Halfpop reflect the departments growth. The 15 new firefighters will begin a 15-week training academy in February.
Construction is nearing completion for a new Fire Station 1 on Ellsworth Loop, south of Ocotillo. The new station will replace Fire Station 1 in Town Center. The need for a new, permanent Town Center fire station was identified in the 2013 updated Municipal Master Plan as well as the 2015 updated Fire and Emergency Services Master Plan. The new location of Fire Station 1 will provide direct access to a major arterial road and will also be built to current standards. A ribbon cutting ceremony is anticipated in late March.
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Photo (from left): Chief Knight, Captain Vilt, Engineer Halfpop and Deputy Chief Gray
Constance Halonen-Wilson, Public Information Officer