City of Williston fire chief transitions to Escambia County

Catrambone-InstaWILLISTON, N.D. – The City of Williston would like to congratulate Jason Catrambone, Williston Fire Department (WFD) Fire Chief, on his new position with Escambia County, Florida.

Chief Catrambone has taken the position of fire chief with Escambia County Fire Rescue. He will finish at WFD on June 11 and begin his new role on June 14.

A farewell barbecue will be held on Friday, May 28 at noon at Fire Station 1 located at 317 11th Street West.

From North Brookfield, Massachusetts, Chief Catrambone moved from Trinidad, Colorado and joined WFD in May 2014.

Over the course of seven years, Chief Catrambone was instrumental in significant changes at WFD including:

  • Restructuring an almost entirely volunteer department to full-time (from 14 full-time personnel and 30 volunteers to 78 full-time personnel and 30 volunteers).
  • Modernizing equipment and training including the creation of an in-house fire academy and paramedic program.
  • The building of three new fire stations – Stations 2, 3, and 4 – and remodeling Station 1.
  • Assisting other communities through mutual aid deployments including participation in the North Dakota Firefighting Task Force which traveled to Oregon in the fall of 2020.
  • Improving the City’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating from 5 to 2 by adhering to established standards and lowering response times. Quicker response times lead to a better department ISO rating which has a direct positive effect on the community when it comes to insurance breaks. ISO ratings range from 1-10, with 1 being the best.

In addition to departmental accomplishments, Chief Catrambone received the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation on April 6, 2021. He is one of only 1,546 CFO designees worldwide.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The program is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement, and technical competence.

Chief Catrambone has served in the fire service for 28 years and at the chief level since 2004.

“Chief Catrambone accomplished a lot since he moved here in 2014,” explained Tate Cymbaluk, Police, Fire, and Ambulance Commissioner. “The City Commission and Williston community asked much of him and his department, and he often went above and beyond in meeting those requests.”

“The City and community thank him for his service, and we wish him safe travels and success in his future endeavors.”

Future updates regarding the appointment of a new fire chief will be released in the coming weeks.

For more information on this story, please contact David Tuan, City Administrator, at 701.713.3800 or davidt@ci.williston.nd.us.