(Le Mars) — A promotion was recently conducted at the Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department. Since Assistant Fire Chief Mike Wise last week was selected by the city council to oversee the Le Mars Ambulance Services, that left an opening for the assistant fire chief position. Steve Schwartz has been given the promotion to now take on the responsibilities of the Assistant Fire Chief position. For the last year, Schwartz was serving the
city as the Battalion Fire Chief. Schwartz explains the difference in responsibilities between the Battalion Chief and the Assistant Chief position.
Schwartz has been a firefighter for the last 19 years. He says, in some ways he grew up having the fire department always around him.
Schwartz says he has taken several courses and is certified with various aspects of firefighting and performing rescues, and intends to continue to be trained.
Schwartz will be attending another training session to be held in Ames, Iowa to focus on arson investigation.