After serving his community for over 32 years as a fireman, Gallipolis Fire Chief William Robert "Bob" Poling, Jr., is retiring as the head of the Gallipolis Fire Department, a post he has held since August 28, 2005.
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#91 Dec 15, 2011
Let's go down to Florida and get Ray Bush back up here. He'll get it back to the lime light....also roll some heads.too. How about Northup
#92 Dec 15, 2011
I can attest to what the PPFD chief is trying to explain. Our GFD and Point has always had a excellent cooperative relationship that goes back as far as anyone can remember. It just makes good common sense to be so close and being able to help each community out in an emergency. Point has been so good to cover for us while we were out and visa-versa. Each community greatly benefited from this relationship. Each department has excellent equipment, great alerting system, trained personnel but most importantly the willingness to come to each other's aide. The GFD will be just fine. Null will lead the dept. thru this period of re-organization and morale will get better. The interest in fighting fire is still there! I do think, although, that an outside candidate is best suited for the chief's job. It needs new fresh leadership and someone with absolutely no ties with anyone on the department. I would have never thought of that over the years that I was a FD unit and that it only made sense to select a current member to lead it, but in light of all of the turmoil that I read about, this might be the case where an "outsider" can come in and revamp an ailing fire organization. School boards do it all the time with their school superintendents and it works fine. That way there is no internal influence from the fireman and the new chief has no favorites. Remember the crying fireman that is now a Lt? That's what I'm talking about. i really enjoyed my time on the GFD and made great friends.
The new chief, whoever he or she may be, must continue the great relationship with PPFD, but also start forging such a relationship with the county volunteer departments. The demands and expectations on the new chief are going to be plentiful and the whole department is going to have to rally around whoever he is. There are many firefighters on the GFD who are chief material, many of who are not officers, but in my opinion, and only mine, this is a situation where a new leadership with no ties is warranted. There's no hurry, let it be months away before a chief is decided upon, but it's time to start the healing process and get back to the way it used to be and if you can't get along then it's time to step aside and let another interested citizen take your place in protecting our community. I respect you all and pray for your safety everyday.
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