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Posted on: February 5, 2024

HDPS Firefighter of the Year

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The Holland Department of Public Safety is proud to announce that Firefighter Taylor Dils has been selected as the department’s 2024 Firefighter of the Year. Firefighter/EMT Dils was nominated by his peers and selected by the department’s command officers to receive this distinguished honor. Dils began his career with the department in 2014 as a paid on-call firefighter. In 2018 he became a full-time member of the department.

Firefighter Dils is recognized for how he embodies the department’s core values. He is identified as an “extremely dedicated member of the team” and is always focusing on bettering the department where he can. He serves as a mentor to new firefighters, identifies creative ways to deliver our services and continually seeks out opportunities to learn and develop himself and the people he works with. This is representative of the high degree of professionalism and dedication he exercises on a regular basis. Dils played a key role in developing the research and data needed to evaluate waterflow rates for the selection of hose and nozzles utilized by the department.

Dils is a graduate of West Ottawa High School and has earned an associate degree in Fire Science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He has earned several other credentials including Michigan Firefighter I&II, certification as an EMT-Basic, MFFTC Instructor I and Michigan Fire Officer I. He lives in Holland with his partner and their three children.

The department honors and thanks Firefighter Dils for making a difference in the department and community.

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