On February 2nd 2016 the West Florence Fire Department promoted four members to Officers positions. These members were promoted based on their training and experience in the fire service and the completion of a in-depth testing process. The testing process consisted of a written exam, a practical exercise, board interview and finial a Chief’s interview. Members must have also completed several classes through the South Carolina Fire Academy and served with the West Florence Fire Department for a period of no less then two years. Officers with the West Florence Fire Department will supervise a station and are assigned essential job duties that are vital to the operation of the agency.
The members promoted were:
Kevin Raines was promoted to Captain. Captain Raines has been with the WFFD since 2007 and is currently a full time Firefighter with City of Florence Fire Department and possesses advanced training in rescue operations and Firefighter II certified.
Michael Doss was promoted to Captain. Captain Doss has been with the WFFD since2007 and is currently a full time firefighter with the City of Sumter Fire Department assigned to a ladder company. Captain Doss is Firefighter II certified and is a Hazardous Materials Technician.
Michael Bunch was promoted to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Bunch is a graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College and has been with the WFFD since 2009. Lt. Bunch is Firefighter II certified and leads the WFFD’s water rescue program.
Christopher Osterman was promoted to Lieutenant. Lieutenant Osterman has been with the WFFD since 2014 and is Firefighter II certified. Lieutenant Osterman has excelled in all aspects of firefighting and is currently leading the WFFD Junior Firefighter program.
All officers at the WFFD must complete advanced training through the South Carolina Fire Academy and must re-certify their firefighter qualifications annually, along with their fire department membership requirements.