The Holland Department of Public Safety – Fire Division is proud to announce that Lieutenant Brad Brower has been selected as the department’s 2023 Firefighter of the Year. Lieutenant Brower was nominated by his peers and selected by the department’s command officers to receive this distinguished honor. In December of 2005 he began his career with the department as a paid on call firefighter. In July of 2007 he was appointed to the position of a full-time Firefighter/EMT and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in November of 2012.
Lieutenant Brower is recognized for his positive leadership and exercising it in a manner that is consistent with the department’s core values. He sets high standards for himself and others, makes decisions in a self-less manner for the betterment of the department and his team and is always developing ways to improve the delivery of services provided to the community. Most recently Lieutenant Brower has been seeking to develop in field cardiac monitoring. This scope of practice improvement for the department can expedite diagnosis of a patient heart conditions by physicians in receiving emergency departments.
Prior to coming to the Holland Department of Public Safety, Lieutenant Brower served with the South County Fire Authority in Vicksburg, MI. He holds many Michigan Fire Service credentials including Fire Officer III. He is a licensed EMT and earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Science Degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He lives in the Holland area with his wife and two children.
The department directs and guides its mission with the core values of Compassion, Respect, Integrity, Professionalism and Dedication. Those receiving this award like Lieutenant Brower have demonstrated leadership and job performance in a manner that is consistent with these core values.