William “Izzy” Nelson, chairman of the Moab Valley Fire Protection Commission, said the board met in a special meeting on July 28 and unanimously voted to appoint Mosher as the new Moab Valley Fire Department Fire Chief, effective Aug. 1.
The action wasn’t made public until Aug. 7, as the board felt the department’s firefighters should be told first, Nelson said this week. They were notified during the fire department’s regular weekly training session on Aug. 6.
Mosher has been with the fire department for the past 16 years. He started out as a volunteer firefighter in 1998. Over the years, he worked his way up through the ranks, serving as a lieutenant, a captain, and a battalion chief. In 2007, he was hired by then-fire chief Corky Brewer to be the department’s full-time administrative assistant.
Following Brewer’s resignation in August 2013, longtime assistant fire chief Monte Curtis was named the acting interim chief. Curtis accepted the fire chief job as a part-time position, explaining that he was not able to work at the position full-time due to the responsibilities associated with the heating and refrigeration business he owned in town. Mosher was named the full-time assistant fire chief at that time.
Mosher said he has handled much of the department’s day-to-day operations and administrative duties over the past year.
With the promotion of Mosher, Curtis will step back into his longtime role as assistant fire chief, a position he held from 1985 to 2013.
Mosher said he is looking forward to continuing to work with Curtis, as well as the other members of the fire department.
“This department is all about the volunteers,” Mosher said, referring to the department’s 37 volunteer firefighters, some of whom have been there for as long as 35 years.
Mosher, a Moab native who graduated from Grand County High School in 1991, said he doesn’t foresee any substantial changes in the department’s operation.
“We’ll continue to work on our training and proficiency, as we have been,” he said. “We’ll also continue to update our equipment and fire stations.”
He had high praise for the department’s mostly volunteer crew of firefighters.
“I have worked with most of these guys for the past 16 years. They are dedicated and there for the community,” Mosher said. “They are always working on additional certifications and training. It shows the level of dedication they have, to keep improving their skills and working to help keep everyone safe.”