COLUMBUS, Neb. – The city of Columbus has a new fire chief.
Daniel Miller was unanimously approved by the council, coming as a captain from the Omaha Fire Department.
Miller brings 36 years of experience to the department, working for the Yutan and Millard Fire Departments, before heading to the OFD. Mayor Jim Bulkley says that background in firefighting at those various departments was the main reason he was chosen.
“I think the experience will help make the transition very smooth, and what stood out to me was the ability to work with volunteer and paid people,” says Bulkley.
Miller will take over Dean Hefti, who is retiring this year. The role will slightly change, as Miller will become Columbus’s first paid and full-time fire chief.
“We feel the need to be there for full-time, we’re at that point in our development of our fire department and the growth of our fire department,” says Bulkley.
Miller owns a fire-fighting related business, Training Under Fire, where he teaches firefighting and leadership skills.
He has been given two awards, including Nebraska Veterans of Foreign Wars Firefighter of the Year in 2000 and Nebraska Society of Fire Services Instructors’ Instructor of the Year in 2012.