The Mid County Fire Protection District is starting the new year with news that they will soon be losing one of their own. Earlier this week, Chief Scott Frandsen announced the resignation of Deputy Chief Chris Bachman.
"Mid County Fire Protection District Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Chris Bachman has announced his resignation from the district effective Jan. 15. Deputy Chief Bachman has accepted the position of Deputy Chief of the Pike Township Fire Department in Indianapolis, Ind. His new position will be the Deputy Chief in change of the Pike Township Fire Department's Support Services Division which includes Code Enforcement, Inspections, Fleet Management and Firefighter Health and Safety," Frandsen said in a news release.
Bachman was brought on board in September 2004 as the district's Fire Marshal. Around that time, MCFPD had decided to adopt and enforce fire codes. The first permits were issued that following October.
Bachman and his wife are both originally from the Central Illinois area and vacationed at Lake of the Ozarks for four years before moving to the lake full time. In 2004, the Bachmans purchased a vacation home in the Sunrise Beach area. In the second month of enjoying their vacation home, a neighbor approached Bachman with an idea.
"In the second month, during a weekend that we were here our neighbor dropped off the classified section of the Lake Sun on our back patio where we went and drank coffee every morning and said you ought to consider this and move down here full time. I was working for a department in Illinois," Bachman recalled. "My wife and I discussed and said lets go check Mid County out so we drove to Camdenton. That actually was the first time we had ever been to Camdenton. I thought it would be a good fit and could see getting along well with the people they already had in place."
About a month later, the couple moved into their lake home full time and has been here ever since.
Bachman has seen MCFPD grow throughout the years and has been a part of many changes that have advanced the department. Bachman was a part of establishing the district's Fire Prevention Division which oversees code enforcement, fire prevention activities and public relation activities. He also assisted with district administration and was instrumental in establishing their current Firefighter Intern Program.
"I would just like to thank all the builders and the community leaders that have supported and been behind Mid County and the entire lake area in doing the inspections and supporting the fire prevention codes," Bachman said. "I think it's done this area a great deal of justice and it has made a safer community for our residents to live in."
The Mid County Board of Directors now has another topic to discuss in their next board meeting. They are to discuss the vacancy during their Jan. 9 meeting. The board recently made cuts to this year's budget. Funds were set aside for this position but now it is up to the board to decide if the position will be filled.
Page 2 of 2 - A reception honoring Bachman's service to the district will be held immediately after the Jan. 9 board meeting. The board meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. with the reception to follow beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m.