Midwest Fire Equipment & Repair Company (Midwest Fire), an SBA-certified woman owned small business (WOSB), announced their partnership with the Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA) to honor Assistant Chief Tate Mills of the Albertville Fire Department as the 2015 Fire Officer of the Year for departments covering an area with a population under 10,000. As part of the sponsorship Midwest Fire provided funds towards Mills’ monetary stipend for leadership training.
Assistant Chief Tate Mills has been a member of the Albertville Fire Department for 18 years. For eight years, he was the paid-on-call fire chief for the city of Albertville while also working a full-time job from which he took every other Friday off to dedicate his time to the needs of the Albertville Fire Department.
According to MSFCA President and retired St. Cloud Fire Chief Bill Mund, “The Fire Officer of the Year program is the most significant award the MSFCA presents in that it recognizes the tireless commitment and extraordinary dedication our members return to their community. Tate Mills joins an elite group of individuals who exemplify this level of sacrifice and achievement–well done Chief Mills!”
Owner and Chief Executive Officer Sarah Atchison attended the banquet on behalf of Midwest Fire. “It was gratifying to attend the awards banquet at the conference and meet Chief Mills,” said Midwest Fire CEO Sarah Atchison, “Chief Mills was a very deserving candidate and we look forward to seeing how he continues to grow in his career and inspire others. We hope this award helps him continue to develop his ambition.”