Miller seeks CKFR commish spot
June 11, 2008 · Updated 12:48 PM
Robert A Miller, 66
Address: 4867 N.W. Eldorado Blvd.
Experience: Began in 1976 as volunteer firefighter and emergency technician, Fire District 13. Attained captain rank as medical officer. Fire commissioner since 1980.
l What is more important? Personnel, apparatus or facilities?
While all three are important, I believe that good personnel is first, starting with the chief. Competent office staff is essential to keep daily operations running. (And) below the chief are other officers, paramedics, firefighter/ EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and volunteers.
All are vital to an efficient and smooth running fire department.
Secondly, a fire department must have good apparatus. They should be of good quality and fairly recent vintage. The engines, tenders, medic units and other vehicles must be well maintained.
Finally, facilities must be kept in good condition. Fire stations should be made as home like as possible for when the firefighters are not on call doing station chores or studying (instead).
l What makes a good commissioner?
First, a commissioner doesnt necessarily need a fire service background, though it does help knowing how a fire department functions.
I feel a commissioner should be impartial with no special interests. They should listen to both sides of an issue and work with the other commissioners and staff. They should also, as a board, provide the best service they can to the district residents within budget limits. Lastly, a person must have the time to commit to being a fire commissioner.