Columbus Fire Department
City of Columbus Fire Department Hires Two-
The Columbus Fire Department welcomed two firefighters to the department after they were sworn in by Mayor Jim Lienhoop, at this morning’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at City Hall. The Firefighters were hired to fill vacancies left by the recent retirement of Lieutenant Tony Shipley, 31 years of service, and Firefighter Doug Harrison, 21 years of service.
Eric Brown, age 25, is a Hope resident and a 2010 Graduate of Columbus North High School. Mr. Brown is a 2014 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Administration. Mr. Brown is also a member of the Indiana National Guard, where he has served since 2012. Eric Brown is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and holds a Firefighter I/II certification. Mr. Brown was previously employed by Fourman Enterprises in Hope, Indiana since 2014.
Derrick Chitwood, age 27, is a Columbus resident. He is a 2008 graduate of Liberty County High School in Bristol, Florida. Chitwood is a certified Paramedic and Rope Rescue Technician. He also holds a Firefighter I/II certification as well as awareness and operations level certification for hazardous materials. Chitwood is also employed with the Columbus Regional Health Ambulance Service where he has served since 2012. Chitwood has 4 years of fire service experience as a volunteer firefighter with the Columbus Township Fire Department.
Both firefighters will undergo a department orientation and training program before receiving their shift and station assignments.
Eric Brown and Derrick Chitwood