Three more promotions were announced this week at Gainesville Fire-Rescue.
They’re in addition to three earlier promotions reported earlier this week. All six come after a series of retirements in the department.
Driver/Engineer Paul Bacchus was promoted to lieutenant. Bacchus began his GF-R career in 2014 as a firefighter/paramedic, promoting to driver/engineer in 2015 and then to lieutenant on Feb. 4.
Bacchus is active with the department’s specialty rescue teams and is certified as a swift water rescue technician and rope rescue technician. He is a member of Texas Task Force 1.
He holds an Advanced Fire Certification, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer II, and Driver/Operator from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Bacchus is currently enrolled in Leadership Gainesville, a leadership development program operated by the city of Gainesville.
He lives in Saint Jo with his family.
Driver/Engineer Cameron Fisher was promoted to lieutenant. Fisher began his GF-R career in 2013 as a firefighter. He was promoted to driver/engineer in 2014 and to the position of lieutenant on Feb. 4.
Fisher holds certifications in Driver Operator/Pumper, Intermediate Structure Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Ropes Technician from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is a member with the Texas Task Force 1 Swift Water Rescue team with multiple deployments to large-scale flooding events including Hurricane Harvey. He holds certifications as a Swift Water Technician ll, Swift Water Boat Operator, Large Animal Rescue Specialist and is a member of the Vertical Rescue Team.
Fisher is enrolled in Leadership Gainesville. He lives in Sadler with his family.
Lt. Matt Edington was promoted to captain. He started his GF-R career in 2010 as a firefighter and promoted to driver in 2011, then to lieutenant in 2014. On Feb. 2, he promoted to captain on B Shift, Station 2.
Edington holds certifications in Driver Operator/Pumper, Advanced Firefighter, Instructor I, Officer I, Youth Intervention Specialist, Inspector, High Angle Rescue and Confined Space Rescue. Captain Edington is also an alum of Leadership Gainesville.
Edington is a part of the Confined Space Rescue Team, High Angle Rescue Team and Swift Water Rescue Team. He is a part of the Fire Prevention Program as the Props Coordinator, the Youth Intervention Program Manager and is also a member of the Farm Program.
He has received multiple Medals of Distinction from the city manager for going above and beyond in his service to citizens.
Edington is pursuing his associate degree in fire technology through Tarrant County College. He lives in Thackerville with his family.