Columbus City Council to Vote on New Fire Chief on Monday

COLUMBUS, Neb. – The city of Columbus is close to officially having a new fire chief.

The Columbus city council will vote on Monday to appoint Daniel Miller as head of the department.

Miller, a captain for the Omaha Fire Department, has 36 years of experience as a firefighter. He started in his hometown of Yutan before going to the Millard Fire Department, and then to the OFD.

He also owns a related business, Training Under Fire, where he teaches firefighting and leadership skills. Miller has also taught for the Nebraska State Fire Marshall’s Office and at Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha.

He has been given two awards, including Nebraska Veterans of Foreign Wars Firefighter of the Year in 2000 and Nebraska Society of Fire Services Instructors’ Instructor of the Year in 2012.

Mayor Jim Bulkley picked Miller over two other candidates.

Miller told News Channel Nebraska that if appointed by the council, he will start sometime later next week.

He would replace Dean Hefti, who has served 25 years as chief.

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