FULTON — Shane Laws achieved the goal he set when he first became a firefighter more than three decades ago.
Laws was promoted to Fulton Fire Department chief at the most recent Fulton Fire and Police Commission meeting Friday. Laws previously served in the department as firefighter, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief over the years.
“Back in 99 when I first interviewed for the firefighter position, the administration … asked what I wanted to be and where I saw myself in 20 years and I said the chief of the department,” Laws told The Palladium-Times Tuesday. “It’s been a longtime goal of mine. It was nice to hear they were offering me the position.”
Being named fire chief was a relief, Laws said, but it wouldn’t come without challenges.
Laws began his firefighting career in November 1987 with the Granby Center Volunteer Fire Department and worked his way up the ranks there before being hired by the Fulton Fire Department in March 1999.
Laws worked as a firefighter until 2013 when he was promoted to lieutenant, and soon after was promoted to captain. In June 2017, he became the assistant fire chief to former chief David Eiffe, who retired in December.
Per the city charter, Laws took over the duties of fire chief when Eiffe retired on Dec. 27, and was officially tabbed as the next chief by the Fire and Police Commission Friday.
Now that he achieved his goal, Laws is looking to continue many of the department’s initiatives, such as the smoke detector program, neighborhood walks and interacting with citizens.
Laws also hopes to continue to advance the department’s level of training.
The city of Fulton’s leadership has undergone dramatic changes in recent months, with a new mayor in Deana Michaels, a new police chief in Craig Westbrook and now Laws as the new fire chief.
“It feels like there’s some new life being brought into the city … and some new goals for the administration, and we’re working hard to accomplish those,” Laws said.