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South Boundary Fire looking to replace a legend

November 1, 2022

South Boundary Fire is looking to hire a new fire chief and they have had a posting listed for a few weeks now, but response has been light, perhaps for obvious reasons. It's a tough job, the requirements and demands are many. And it's unlikely that anyone will have an easy time filling the shoes of the department's founding chief, Tony Rohrwasser, a kind and amicable man who had the rare ability to ... well, take a look at the picture for yourself.

Chief Rohrwasser was and is a phenomenon. Having volunteered withe the Naples Fire Department since 1995, he was named the first chief of the South Boundary Fire Protection District in 2004.

"I don't even know where start with what Tony meant to the department and volunteers," said assistant chief Wayne Wilkerson. "He basically made South Boundary what it is today. His boots will not be easy to fill, but we have a great organization with unbelievable volunteers that will strive to keep this agency moving forward. Obviously, the volunteers were the foundation, but his ideas, dedication, knowledge and management skills guided the district to the amazing place we are at today."

"Yes retiring in a way, semi retiring," Tony said. "I am only in the station once in a while. Still chief, helping to choose new chief, probably done at the beginning of December. I am in Procter, BC, which is across Kootenay Lake from where the ferry lands. I still have bills to pay ... I'm working at the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson, BC."

Tony is engaged this weekend, though. His wife, Michelle, who has and still keeps Boundary County County Commissioners in line and on time as deputy county clerk, is, along with Tony's brother and sister, taking Tony out to celebrate his 60th birthday this weekend.

His department and the community he served so long and so well are also planning a celebration; a retirement party for Chief Rohrwasser at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, November 12, at the Great Northwest Territories Event Center, 998 Mountain Meadow Road, Naples.

Oh, excuse me ... Did I mention South Boundary Fire is seeking applications for chief? The qualifications are extensive, compensation from $40,000 to $50,000. Applications are being accepted through November 7, and the full job posting and application instructions are listed on the Idaho Job Service web site. To learn more, call (208) 263-7544.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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