New Fire Battalion chief appointed for Big Piney/Marbleton station

Courtesy photo Sublette County Unified Fire Chief Shad Cooper, left, and new Battalion II (Marbleton/Big Piney) Chief Mike Petty.

Sublette Unified Fire

announced the appointment of Mike Petty

to the position of Battalion Chief for the

Big Piney and Marbleton Battalion – Battalion

II – in a press release on July 30. The

promotion took place at the July 25 regular

training meeting in Marbleton.

Battalion Chief Petty is a veteran firefighter

with the organization as both a

company officer and public information

officer, Cooper said.

“Petty has over 15 years of experience

as a volunteer firefighter with our organization,”

Cooper explained. “He is fully

qualified as a Fire Officer II and is currently

working to complete his associate

degree in Fire Science from Columbia

Southern University. Battalion Chief Petty

has already displayed exceptional leadership

as a company officer for many years.

His significant experience, education and

qualifications will greatly enhance the capabilities

of our organization.”

Petty is excited by the opportunity and

added that the promotion will give him a

chance to “look at new leadership” in the

battalion.

Petty will continue to serve as public information

officer for SCUF along with his

new duties as battalion chief.

Petty said that while the promotion will

be a challenge, he is “looking forward to

it.”

“This is a fairly large change, and transitions

are always difficult,” he said. This

will be a huge responsibility and I have big

shoes to fill in. “

Fire Chief Shad Cooper explained to the

Roundup that no one was stepping down

or retiring at Battalion II. The promotion

was the result of the creation of a new open

position for a deputy fire warden, Cooper

said, and the need to separate the responsibilities

between battalion chiefs and a deputy

warden. As a result, the organization

“needed to appoint a battalion chief” at Big

Piney and Marbleton, Cooper continued.

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