A convention, Carlyle Fire Chief Donald VanMeer accepted a long time service award for serving the community of Carlyle for the last 31 years. Fire Chief Van Meer is a great asset to this department and we would like to thank him for his continued service.
Donald, husband and a father of three, joined the Carlyle Department in 1988 as a firefighter. After a few years, he was voted in by his peers as deputy chief.
Donald has seen many changes in dispatching, as when he first started, his house was outfitted with a red phone on the wall and the community alarm.
As technology progressed, the department moved to pagers and now cell phones.
Donald was voted in as chief a few years ago and has humbly held the position since. He has spent countless hours working with the department and building relationships within our community and surrounding departments.
Donald is an invaluable member of our fire department and our community.
Congratulations on 31 years of dedicated service, Donald.
The above article and photo were taken from the Carlyle Fire & Rescue Facebook page.