In a move to refocus its fire department and address the problems of a growing city, South Salt Lake has shuffled its fire department administration, promoting longtime fire chief Bob Adams out of his job and into the job of emergency management director.
Fire department Capt. Steve Foote has also been promoted and will replace Adams as chief, supervising 19 full-time and 16 part-time firefighters.The changes were approved by South Salt Lake's City Council April 8, Mayor Randy Fitts said.
"It was time for a change and re-focusing with the department, so I thought it would be a good time to bring Bob into the (city) administration," Fitts said.
Adams, 61, who first signed on with the department as a part-time firefighter back in 1954, has been fire chief for the past 18 years. But his new job in emergency management really isn't new, Adams said.
"Before I was emergency manager, fire marshal and fire chief, so I had all three hats," Adams said. "I didn't really have much time for all of it."
In his new job, Adams will be responsible for the city's emergency plan, inspection of plans for new construction and will serve as the city's liaison with the I-15 construction project.
"With one third of the construction taking place within the city boundaries, we're having some problems," Fitts said. "It will be good to have someone designated to represent the city."
Adams said he's enjoyed every day on the job at the fire department and had a hard time giving it up but feels he's left the department in capable hands.
Foote has served the department since 1979. He also grew up with Adams' son and was a member of the baseball team Adams coached.
"I kind of feel a little bit like a dad to him, I've known him most of his life," Adams said. "He's a good firefighter and an excellent person. But I'll be watching over him like an angel."
Efforts to reach Foote were unsuccessful.