Three Caymanians have been appointed as division managers for the Cayman Islands Fire Service.
Dwight Randy Rankin is the divisional manager for domestic, Whitman Tatum the divisional manager for aviation, and Witney Tatum is the division manager for aerodrome and domestic. Rankin and Whitman Tatum will be based on Grand Cayman, while Witney Tatum will be in Cayman Brac.
All three men began their new roles on 15 July.
“We are extremely pleased to have three experienced and highly capable Caymanians fill these important roles,” said Minister of Home Affairs Tara Rivers in a statement. “I look forward to seeing them continue to strive for excellence as we work towards creating a world-class Fire Service.”
Rankin, who has 26 years of service in the Fire Service, will assist the deputy chief fire officer (domestic) in strategic leadership, preparation and delivery of emergency fire and rescue services.
Rankin earned an associate degree in Public Administration from the Civil Service College and chose to further his studies at Florida State Fire College and the Fire Service College in London.
Whitman Tatum, a Cayman Brac native, has 23 years of experience with the Fire Service and has worked on all three islands. He was recently based on the Brac and will assist with the management of the aviation division and provide aerodrome firefighting and rescue services at Owen Roberts International Airport.
Witney Tatum has 32 years of experience, including time spent in the fire service in the United Kingdom. He will be responsible for delivery of critical services in the Sister Islands.
“An individual’s suitability for the role remains the highest priority when the Ministry selects a candidate at the conclusion of a recruitment exercise,” said Dax Basdeo, chief officer for the Ministry for Home Affairs.
He added, “We are pleased to see the investment we’ve made in professional development and training has helped our officers compete in recruitment exercises with confidence as promotion opportunities become available.
“We are striving to ensure that the most suitable individuals are identified as part of fair and transparent processes across all recruitment exercises for posts in the Fire Service.