By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
PITTSBURG, Kan. —
After 34 years of service to the City of Pittsburg Fire Department, Chief Scott Crain on Thursday announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2013.
Crain was hired by the Pittsburg Fire Department in 1979. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1994, captain in 1996, Battalion Chief in 2003, Interim Fire Chief in 2009 and Fire Chief in 2010.
Crain’s list of accomplishments include the establishment of the fire marshall/safety coordinator position in the fire department, the creation of specialized response teams including hazardous materials technicians, scuba diving and swift water rescue, and he was instrumental in the construction of the new No. 1 Fire Station.
Under Crain’s leadership, the Pittsburg Fire Department also joined the Kansas Task Force 4 Search and Rescue Team and the Tri-State Recruitment Alliance. The Tri-State Recruitment Alliance is a consortium, consisting of 19 cities, developed to allow fire service agencies in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma to jointly provide pre-hire testing for firefighter candidates.
Last year, Crain joined Public Utilities Director John Bailey in working with the Kansas Department of Emergency Management to put Pittsburg in line for funding for a community safe room, and explored several options, presented to the city commission, of where that safe room might be built.
City Commissioner Marty Beezley, who both as commissioner and mayor, worked with Crain for 14 years, said she appreciated Crain being proactive in getting the best equipment possible for the community, including a 100-foot aerial ladder truck in May 2011.