Beaumont Fire Chief Anne Huff announces retirement
Beaumont Fire Chief Anne Huff announced Wednesday she will retire effective Jan. 2, 2018.
Huff was named Beaumont's first woman fire chief in 2008. She became only the department's second woman firefighter in 1986.
Huff released the following statement through the city's website Wednesday:
I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments the fire department has made over the last ten years. We have realigned our distribution system with the relocation and construction of three state-of-the-art fire stations, instituted a team-based management system, and formed 11 internal advisory groups made up of personnel from all ranks who review and make recommendations on improvements to our service lines and programs. We have implemented an Officer Development program focused on not just acquiring State certifications for personnel, but exposing them to information that will help them to evolve into the best Fire Officers that they can possibly be. We have provided more internal and external training than has ever been provided in the history of the department. Rapid Intervention Training, Positive Pressure Attack Training, an improved Probationary Firefighter/EMT program, acquiring a live fire training prop through grant funding, and a series of minimum performance standards have been instituted so that our citizens can be provided quality emergency response services from competent, capable first responders.
All Chief Officers have been assigned and manage programs that are focused on improving the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the services we provide. Through their hard work and dedication, we have been able to institute upgraded customer services like the Advanced Life Support Engine Company Program, and the Wildland/Urban Interface Response Program. Since the fire service is really an extreme team sport, we have developed and implemented Standard Operating Guidelines that are our team’s “playbook,” enabling us to keep our workers both safe and effective in the difficult work that they do. Improved oversight and management of our internal maintenance programs has meant that the apparatus and equipment that our responders work with, especially personal protective equipment, keeps them as safe as they possibly can be. Our fleet of apparatus is in the best condition it’s ever been, our equipment is tested and safe and our facilities are in the best shape ever.
I am also so very proud of the efforts that we have made in proactively meeting our mission of protecting life and property through risk reduction efforts. We have improved and broadened our efforts in emergency management, critical infrastructure protection, code enforcement, public education and information so that we avoid risks whenever we can, are best prepared to handle them when we respond, and teach our citizens how to protect themselves. I am especially proud of our annual Fire Prevention and Family Safety and the Fire Museum of Texas, which have educated thousands of citizens on how to stay safe and healthy, and highlighted the good works our personnel provide to the community every day.
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Beaumont for over 31 years. While I am looking forward to retirement, I will miss seeing many of you every day. I wish you all the best!