Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jeff Carnes served Sun Valley well

I have known Jeff Carnes since 1976. Jeff Carnes served the citizens of Sun Valley for more than three decades as fire chief until he recently retired. When you see Jeff, thank him for his dedicated service to the city.

Aside from a few vacations, he was on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for 34 years. During his tenure as chief, he was the single person who would show up at 1 a.m. when there was a fire alarm call or a closed fireplace damper. Nights, weekends, holidays, slack season, Jeff was always there.  

Chief Carnes was responsible for dramatically improving the safety of the city by being a leader and an innovator. His notable accomplishments include construction of the Elkhorn Fire Station, implementation of EMTs within the Fire Department, development of the noncombustible roof ordinance and being an innovator in the use of compressed-air foam systems for wildland and structural fire-fighting.

Additionally, Jeff actively fostered the working partnerships and cross training between local and federal firefighting agencies that has radically improved the safety of everyone who owns property adjacent to public lands, as well as the safety of the firefighters.

Any one of these accomplishments is notable. But taken together, it is clear that Jeff Carnes has served the city with an extraordinary level of dedication for his entire career.  

Jeff, you have my sincere thanks for a career of dedicated public service, innovation and leadership.

David Lister



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