Battalion Chief Derrell Selleys
Please join us in congratulating and thanking Chief Derrell Selleys for a remarkable career with the Daisy Mountain Fire Department. Derrell began his career at DMFD in 1992 as a volunteer. Derrell started as a full time firefighter in 1995 on E145 B-Shift with Captain Bob Mayer (retired).
Derrell has been an incredibly instrumental part in the growth and development of DMFD and the surrounding community; watching and helping DMFD grow from a small two station department to the department it is today.
Derrell was appointed as one of the original 6 DMFD Engineers in 1996, when DMFD went from 2 person to 3 person fire engines. Derrell finished first on his Captain test and was promoted in 2000. He also finished first on his Battalion Chief test in 2003, and was the first internally promoted DMFD Chief Officer.
Derrell has managed, and participated in almost every area of DMFD over his career. Below are a few of the programs and areas that he has had a major role in.
Chief Selleys was the Department Training Officer for many years, where he helped to build many relationships across the valley that we all still benefit from today. He has managed Driver Training, Facilities, Equipment, Staffing, and the mechanics shop. Derrell also at one point was a Labor Trustee and worked on developing many policies, as well as assisting with member services. Many members learned hydraulics, tanker operations, and countless other topics from Derrell during their careers. His last assignment found him in Special Projects, focusing his efforts on Firefighter Safety and Cancer Prevention, and Awareness and Exposure Documentation (A critically important project that protects all of DMFD members during, and after their respective careers).
For all of his professional accomplishments, the thing that puts Derrell in a class of his own, is his personal integrity, honesty and willingness to help others. We are proud to call Derrell a friend and mentor and feel blessed to have had the good fortune to work with him for so many years. He will truly be missed around DMFD.
Derrell has a soft spot for his family, and his animals (particularly his horses). Derrell says he looks forward to riding horses, playing with his toys (guns and cars), and spending time with his grandchildren. Derrell also looks forward to a generous amount of fishing and whatever adventures that come his way during retirement. When asked what his proudest moment in his career was, he said, it was being named Volunteer of the Year in 1993.
Thank you Chief Selleys for all of your hard work and sacrifice over the last 25 years, and we wish you a long and happy retirement.
Cheers to a great career!