by Nick Delgado
Guam - Acting Fire Chief Mike Aguon says he is ready to take on the role for the Guam Fire Department. Aguon has been with GFD for the past 28 years and says he has been assigned to every section in the agency. He says he is working with his staff in hopes to change things around at GFD and bring in more funding.
He said, "It's not like I'm coming in with all the new ideas, a lot of these guys have been working hard on a lot of programs and projects that they got and through the next few days and weeks we are going to go over all these things to see which works to better the department then we will stick with that."
Aguon says he is waiting on the call from the governor to fill the position permanently. He is also reviewing Bill 130, introduced by Senator Adolpho Palacios, which that would require the fire chief nominee to take a polygraph examination, background check, drug test, must be in good health and must not have been convicted of a domestic crime or misdemeanor crime involving moral turpitude.
Aguon meanwhile says is addressing the controversial pay issue involving firefighters assigned administrative duties at headquarters who are getting the same pay as those in the field. He said, "I'm discussing all of that stuff with the staff here and the senior management in our department and we will find a way to try and resolve this thing and we'll standardize all the hourly structures and everything that's here and Ill think we'll come to a good conclusion on that."
Aguon was selected acting fire chief after the legislature returned John Salas' nomination back to committee, and his term expired.