One of Greenwood’s own, James “Jayme” Washel, becomes the next fire chief of the Greenwood Fire Department, effective Aug. 1.
His appointment was announced recently by Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers.
Washel has served with the Bloomington Fire Department since 2001, most of that tenure as deputy fire chief.
He has been a certified fire safety and fire rescue instructor for fire fighters and with the Monroe County Community School Corporation and its high school career center for dual college credits.
He has provided instruction in various fireground skills plus strategy and tactics for fire officers, including hands-on skill development, technical rescue and certification courses on federal and state levels.
He most recently served as the department’s acting chief. He is a board member of the Indiana Fire Instructors and has been honored as Fire Officer of the Year. He has made several presentations on fire safety and rescue at the National Fire Chief’s Summit.
The Bloomington Fire Department has 114 employees and five stations, responding to over 5,000 emergencies per year for Bloomington, Indiana University, and contracted communities through aid agreements.
Similar sized, the Greenwood Fire Department has a staff of 110 employees, including fulltime and parttime firefighters and staff.
Washel replaces former fire chief Darin Hoggatt, who retired Feb 3. Assistant Chief Brad Coy will continue to serve as acting chief until the end of this month. The search for a new chief has been ongoing with several candidates being interviewed.
Washel is married. He and his wife Missy have a daughter, Kylie, who is a senior at Butler University.
He was born in Bloomington and lived there until his family moved to Greenwood when he was 12 years old.
He is a Greenwood High School graduate (Class of 1992) and was an outstanding student-athlete on Woodman football teams coached by Len Scotten whose teams reached the Class 4A Semistate twice.
ashel was a member of the South All-Stars. He was a track and field athlete who placed on the podium in shot put and discus in the 1992 State Finals.
Washel also played football at Purdue University where he was a three-year starter and later signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and with Portland in the Arena Football League.