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(February 3, 2017)   An Omaha medic unit removed from service during the Suttle administration will be reactivated this summer to serve the growing neighborhoods in northwest Omaha. Medic 78 will be located at the fire station north of Blondo on 144th Street.

Mayor Jean Stothert and Fire Chief Dan Olsen made the announcement Friday as Olsen took the oath of office.  Mayor Stothert named Olsen chief last month.

“Chief Olsen shares my number one priority and commitment to public safety,” said Mayor Stothert. “He has the wide range of firefighting experience to provide excellent leadership.”

The Mayor listed a number of accomplishments made over the last eight months as Olsen served as interim chief including the graduation of 24 new firefighters from the training academy in May, the start of the 2017 recruit class this month, the return of Truck 53 to service and the replacement of five medic units.

Olsen said his goals include, “enhancing our city’s public service delivery while leading a department that is willing to spread the sentiment of appreciation to our community who has given us the opportunity to serve.”

Chief Olsen was hired in 1993 at the rank of firefighter.  He has been promoted to numerous command positions including Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Interim Chief.  He is also a certified police officer, graduating from the police academy in 2009.

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