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Former chief takes over again at Grant Volunteer Fire Department PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

With an official start date of Monday, March 1, Don Softley took over as Grant’s Fire Chief, replacing Wade Rahn who has accepted a new career position in David City.

“I’m sorry to see Wade go and sorry for all the members,” said Softley. “He’s a great team player and a great team leader. We finally got him in the position we needed him in!”

Rahn joined the Grant Volunteer Fire Department while he was still in high school. The 32-year-old served as Grant’s chief for the past year. 

Softley said he and Fred Reichert, assistant chief, will be able to divide the duties, since both have other jobs and demanding schedules.

Three other officers, Becca Lagler, Jason Noyes and Bob Tatum will be in charge of the purchasing, repairs and maintenance on the rescue units.

“That will be a big blessing,” said Softley.

Teaming up for repairs and maintenance on the fire equipment as needed will be Rick Dreiling, Bryan Kroeker and Harlan Rahn. 

“That will certainly help a lot, said Softley. “We’ll all try to step in and move forward. We’ll do what we can.” 

He said there are three younger firefighters in line in the officer ranks to groom for chief in the next few years. 

This is not Softley’s first time in the position. He served from the mid 80s to early 90s and again in 1997-2004. This go-round will be his 16th year.

“I like being chief,” said Softley. “I don’t mind the work and the hassle. I’d sign up permanently right now if I didn’t have a job and need to earn a living.”