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Fire Chief Robert Bruin will be leaving Dry Ridge at the end of the month to return home to Scott County.
Bruin, who has been head of the Dry Ridge Fire Department for four years, recently submitted his resignation to Mayor Clay Crupper.
The Scott County native is leaving to become chief of the Georgetown Fire Department, where he spent 16 years before coming to Grant County.
Bruin’s last day will be Feb. 28.
“It was a tough decision,” he said. “The people here have been good to me. They helped me out because I was kind of an outsider. But, it boiled down to going home. It wasn’t an easy decision.”
During his tenure, Bruin said he is proud that the department has had their ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating lowered both in the city and county part of our district.
He also is happy that the department was able to add a third ambulance, make improvements to their trucks and organize an annual symposium that attracts fire fighters across the state to Dry Ridge.
Bruin said he will miss the people of the community the most, along with the potential for growth of the county and the fire department if the Ark Encounter tourist attraction becomes a reality.
“I told (the department) that I thought they were going to be in some exciting times in the next four or fives years,” Bruin said. “But, I told them that they would do a good job because they are the ones who do the job. I’m more of the one who manages the department.”
Crupper said the city hates to lose Bruin.
“To me, it’s going to be awfully hard to replace him,” he said. “He’s done an outstanding job for us. We were just blessed to get him. He had all this experience and was well qualified. He came right in and took over and knew what to do. That means a lot.”
The city will advertise the position in the newspaper.
Crupper said the process of hiring a new fire chief could take a couple months.
However, the mayor said the department’s three assistant chiefs will have no problem running the department until a replacement is named.
The city council will ultimately approve the hiring of a new chief.
With less than two weeks left at the Dry Ridge Fire Department, Bruin said he is confident the department will continue the level of service it has offered the community the past four years.
“It wouldn’t matter if I left today,” he said. “I have the upmost confidence in them. You have good people here. They are the ones who run the department. I’m just the figure head. They will be fine because we have people in place. I have three assistant chiefs who know the job well, who know the community. Dry Ridge, before I got here, was always known throughout the state as an excellent fire department. Like everybody, they’ve had their ups and downs, but they’ve always had their core of good people. They will not miss a beat.”