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Meridian Fire Department Affirms Commitment to Firefighter Safety with New Division Chief of Health and Safety

MERIDIAN- The Meridian Fire Department, in its commitment to protecting the life of its firefighters, has welcomed Michael Warmuth to the newly created position of Division Chief of Health and Safety. The role, which was approved by City Council in FY2023 budget, has been created to evaluate risks Meridian Firefighters are facing and create real solutions to limit exposure.
To address the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC’s) classification of firefighting as a cancer-causing profession, this role will be expected to research and implement best practices in occupational cancer prevention programs. Taking a wholistic approach to the position, Warmuth also oversees the physical fitness and the peer operational support team: prioritizing the mental health of first responders encountering trauma in the field. The physical and mental health and safety of Meridian Firefighters is a priority for the department.
“Out of many applicants, Chief Warmuth was without question not only the most qualified but the right fit for the organization and our Meridian community,” said Fire Chief Kris Blume. “This position is crucial to the future of the health and safety of our Meridian fire family, as well as reducing and preventing injuries, illness, and loss. We are thrilled to have Chief Warmuth on our team.”
Michael Warmuth is a twenty-five (25) year veteran of the fire and EMS service. Warmuth started his career as a volunteer firefighter and retired from the Eagle River Fire Protection District in Colorado as an Operational Battalion Chief and District Health and Safety Officer. He has a diverse fire service background as a municipal firefighter, engineer, and company officer. Warmuth has served as a member of a Type 2 wildland hand crew, airport rescue firefighter, and member of an Incident Management Team responding to regional and national fire incidents and natural disasters.
Michael Warmuth shared, "I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve the firefighters and citizens of the City of Meridian. I believe the Meridian Fire Department is a place where motivated people can be their best and I look forward to connecting with each one of you to learn how I can provide for the health and safety of our firefighters who stand in harm’s way to serve and protect this amazing community."
Division Chief Warmuth officially began his journey with the Meridian Fire Department today, March 27th.

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