Nisswa, a well-known tourist destination that butts up against Gull Lake in north central Minnesota, is home to approximately 2,000 residents, including Ferrellgas Operations Manager Shawn Bailey, who is also now known around town as Nisswa’s new fire chief. Shawn replaces Richard Geike, who stepped down in January after 19 years at the helm.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, of the approximately 1.1 million firefighters in the United States, more than 780,000 are volunteers. This means small- and mid-sized communities across the country rely heavily on volunteer firefighters as their first line of defense in many types of emergencies, including fires, vehicle accidents, and emergency medical incidents.
As a nationwide company that provides propane service to America’s homes, businesses, and farms, Ferrellgas has customers located within many of these smaller communities like Nisswa.
Shawn has been a firefighter for 24 years and has held officer roles the last eight years, most recently as assistant chief. He also works for F.I.R.E. Inc. (Fire Instruction & Rescue Education), teaching firefighting classes across the state. He specializes in propane classes.
"I look forward to serving my community,” he said. “I have a big pair of shoes to fill. I'm looking forward to leading our department in a good direction. Training is our No. 1 goal and we'll continue forward with training. I believe the training we receive is the best in the state.”
Thank you, Shawn, for the generous gift of your time and talent and for continuing to go the extra mile not just for local Ferrellgas customers, but for all residents in and around Nisswa, Minnesota.