Fire Chief candidate Jerome Gaines, currently a Battalion Chief with Indiana’s Fort Wayne Fire Department, was in Conway on Tuesday for a tour of the city and its fire department.

Gaines said that he liked the attitude of the firemen and people generally in Conway, and that he wanted to play a role in the community’s growth.

"I’m all about achieving goals and finding solutions," Gaines said at a Conway Chamber of Commerce reception Tuesday evening.

Gaines has been in the firefighting business for 31 years. When asked if he had any ideas that he knew he’d implement if he’s picked as the next chief, he said it’d be foolish to announce any changes until he’d thoroughly gotten to know the department’s and city’s decision-makers.

Gaines and Joseph Gorman of the Texas City fire department are the two out-of-town candidates picked by the city’s fire chief search committee. On Thursday and Monday, local firemen Mark Jones and Mike Winter, respectively, will have their receptions at the chamber of commerce.