The equipment used by the district is also different now. Early on in Huntman’s career, one of the JFPD tankers was made locally using a Department of Transportation truck, he said.
Currently, the district buys its trucks from a manufacturer. When Huntman became chief in 1995, the district bought a tanker truck for $90,000. That same vehicle today would cost around $240,000, he said.
Eloise Morris, who has been the JFPD office secretary for more than 30 years, said Huntman has been a joy to work with.
“He’s been the best boss I’ve ever had,” Morris said. “It’s been great working with him and I’m certainly going to miss him.”
Terry Jones, president of the JFPD Board of Trustees, also praised Huntman for his dedication and years of service.
“He’s been an extremely good fire chief and cooperative with the board,” Jones said. “I hope he has a good retirement.”
The Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. today at Station 1 on South 10th Street to discuss the process of replacing Huntman.
Huntman said he is pleased with his career serving the JFPD.
“All in all, it’s been a good job,” Huntman said. “I’ve raised two sons on the income. I’m happy, they’re happy.”