For the second time in lower than a 12 months, town of Sand Springs is searching for a brand new hearth chief after Thursday afternoon introduced Chief Justin Corridor’s resignation.
Corridor, who might be retiring from the Sand Springs Hearth Division on the finish of August, mentioned he had accepted a place within the personal sector however declined to be particular.
The departure “is bittersweet,” he mentioned on Thursday afternoon. “I have been with the fireplace division for a very long time, however throughout this time I am grateful that I can retire by means of the fireplace division’s pension system.”
Corridor mentioned the choice to depart wasn’t straightforward, “however after a lot thought and prayer, I made a decision I needed to pursue it.”
“It has been my pleasure to serve the Metropolis of Sand Springs and the residents of Sand Springs,” he mentioned. “I’ve nothing however nice issues to say and am grateful for the chance to serve right here.
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“I am wanting ahead to this subsequent chapter of my life.”
Metropolis supervisor Mike Carter mentioned Corridor “might be missed and I need to say thanks for the superb job he has achieved. Justin is well-liked for his caring and professional demeanor and we want him nicely wherever his future endeavors take him.”
Assistant Hearth Chief Jeremy Wade will function the interim hearth chief, Carter mentioned, including that town will almost certainly be searching for a everlasting hearth chief, each internally and externally.
“We have now the time for that, with Deputy Chief Wade appearing as an interim,” he mentioned. “I’ve full confidence in him.”
Carter mentioned he expects the search and hiring course of for town’s subsequent hearth chief to take three to 6 months.
Corridor was additionally town’s emergency administration director, a submit Carter mentioned might be quickly crammed by Police Chief John Mars.
He mentioned the place of chief of emergency administration will possible stay an inner place inside the police or hearth service.
Corridor was named interim chief of the fireplace division final September 1, when then-chief Mike Wooden retired, and was promoted on to chief about six weeks later in mid-October.
He started his firefighting service in 1995 as a volunteer firefighter in Catoosa. In 2001 he turned a paid firefighter for the Catoosa Hearth Division.
In 2005 he joined the Sand Springs Hearth Division, the place he served as each Vice President and President of the native Worldwide Affiliation of Hearth Fighters.
In 2011 he was appointed Deputy Director.
Corridor has an Affiliate of Arts diploma from Rogers State College and an Affiliate of Science diploma in Hearth and Emergency Providers from Tulsa Neighborhood School.
He mentioned in October he was working towards a bachelor’s diploma in hearth administration from Columbia Southern College.
He mentioned Thursday that he now not plans to pursue that diploma as it’s not related to his plans now.
Corridor mentioned when he was employed as chief that one in all his most fast assignments could be engaged on the hiring course of for the fireplace division, which oversees an space of about 68 sq. miles.
“There are numerous hearth departments which can be hiring. There have been a number of retirements currently. And it’s totally aggressive,” he mentioned on the time. “We have to discover distinctive methods to get candidates to take a look at Sand Springs.
“We’re getting good candidates, however getting individuals to use is a problem,” Corridor mentioned Thursday.
“It is a very totally different job than it was 50 years in the past. Now we’re doing much more than simply firefighting,” he mentioned, itemizing hazardous supplies, rescue and medical emergencies among the many calls that firefighters additionally reply to.
Carter known as it an indication of the instances that town is going through a brand new boss search so quickly after the final one.
“The federal government is consistently competing with the personal sector for high performers, and particularly now with the unemployment numbers they’re on,” he mentioned.