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St. John's Fire District names 4 finalists in chief search

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JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - The St. John's Fire District Commission narrowed its search for a new chief to four finalists. The four candidates will visit the area April 18-19.

The group of four has been whittled down from an initial list of 51 candidates.

The Commission has been working on an executive search with Emergency Services Consulting International since the former chief, Karl Ristow, resigned in December. After serving 15 years, Ristow moved to Maryland.

Deputy Chief Jackie Stanley has been serving as the Interim Chief.

The four finalists will participate in a Meet and Greet that is open to the public from 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday April 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn in North Charleston. On Friday, April 19 the candidates will participate in interviews with the nine member St. John's Fire Commission.


The four finalists are:

Bruce Faust  - Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Washington, DC. Deputy Chief Faust is a 25 year veteran of the Washington DC Fire and EMS department.  He holds Associates and Bachelor's degrees in Fire Science Administration.

Philip Myer – Former chief at Fauquier County (VA) fire Rescue and Emergency Management; currently is consulting in the Homeland Security area. Myer holds a Bachelor's degree in Fire Science.

Mark Schrade – Chief of St. Andrews Fire and Rescue District.  Prior to St. Andrews, Schrade has chief experience in Ohio.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Colleen Walz – Deputy Chief, Pittsburg, PA Fire Department.  She has been with Pittsburg for over 25 years. Walz holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Leadership and Disater Preparedness.

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