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Panepinto taps Daniel T. Folks for Hammond Fire Chief

Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | Views: 2501

Panepinto taps Daniel T. Folks for Hammond Fire Chief
HAMMOND---A third-generation firefighter with 15 years of service in the Hammond Fire Department has been nominated by Mayor Pete Panepinto to serve as Hammond’s new Fire Chief.

Panepinto has submitted his candidate, Captain Daniel T. Folks, to the Hammond City Council to ratify his appointment as Hammond Fire Chief.

In an interview on Tuesday, Panepinto said the appointment will go before the council later this month.

"Daniel Folks has served the Hammond Fire Department for almost 15 years and has a proven record of fire suppression, prevention, and training; emergency medical services; and hazardous materials and disaster response. He believes in transparency and will lead the department in protecting the public and investing in innovative training, technology, and equipment. His experience with other fire departments and past committees has enabled him to see different perspectives," Panepinto said.

While still in high school, Folks joined the Natalbany Volunteer Fire Department, where his grandfather, the late Emmitt Perrilloux, had served for decades as fire chief. Young Daniel advanced through the ranks, moving from junior firefighter to an operator and then on to a part-time employee in 2001.

In 2004, Folks was hired by the Hammond Fire Department. There he worked through the ranks, gaining the trust and respect of his fellow firefighters. He is also an adjunct instructor with the Carroll Herring Fire and Emergency Training Institute, and is certified as a safety officer and a fire investigator. Folks is one of three certified EMT’s working at HFD and he is part of the USAR Task Force that is deployed in disaster situations, such as the 2016 floods.

Folks was one of six applicants who interviewed for the Chief’s job. The post is part of the State Civil Service system.


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