Following a busy fire season, Tooele County Fire Warden Daniel Walton was recognized by his peers for his accomplishments in the past year.
Walton received the Fire Warden of the Year award during the semiannual statewide fire wardens meeting, which was held in St. George from Nov. 6-8. He became Tooele County Fire Warden in 2016.
“It’s definitely a big honor,” Walton said.
Walton’s ability to work with local government and coordinate firefighting efforts were cited in a nomination letter from Dave Vickers, Wasatch Front area fire management officer. Vickers described Tooele County as challenging due to its fire activity and political makeup, especially with the state adopting a new fire policy.
“When I evaluate the performance of wardens, I always talk with the commissioners and our partners. Daniel always receives high praise,” Vickers said, in the nomination. “…The local departments look to him for guidance and have through his extensive interaction, increased their capabilities and training.”
Vickers’ letter also praised Walton’s ability in public education and working on fire risk mitigation projects with landowners. He also said the federal Bureau of Land Management trusts Walton and appointed him incident commander on several fires in their jurisdiction, including two over the Nevada border.
“I strongly believe Daniel has been a great representative of the Division and is greatly deserving of recognition as warden of the year,” Vickers said.
While Walton humbly insisted his workload is similar to fire wardens around the state, he acknowledged it isn’t an easy job.
“It’s a very demanding job and I wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of my wife and family,” he said.