Four city firefighters promoted

First Posted: 1/3/2013

LUMBERTON — Four members of the Lumberton Fire Department were recently promoted, one to assistant chief and three to battalion chief.

Battalion Chief Murray West was promoted to assistant chief, and will assume more administrative duties, but will continue to respond to emergency scenes.

“Chief Murray West has been a proven leader for the city of Lumberton for 25 years,” Chief Paul Ivey said in a statement. “I am confident that his depth of experience, values, strong commitment along with his leadership will prove to be a tremendous asset at the assistant chief level.”

Brian Nelson, McGregor Strickland and Jeffrey Martin, all captains, became battalion chiefs on Dec. 26.

The battalion chief position is one of three that are assigned to the Suppression Division of the Fire Department. The battalion chief assumes the incident commander role when responding to emergencies, and has numerous administrative/suppression duties. Each battalion chief is responsible for at least 15 firefighters during a 24-hour shift.

“The many years of knowledge and expertise that each individual brings to his new position is sure to be a major benefit for our department.” Ivey said. “With a combined total of 54 years of firefighting experience, Capt. Nelson, Capt. Strickland, and Capt. Martin are to be commended for taking this step into a major supervisory role. I wish to congratulate each battalion chief on his accomplishment and I am confident that their leadership abilities in this new position will continue to enhance the department’s valuable services.”

An official pinning ceremony was held Dec. 21.