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ADMINISTRATION
Administration staff conducts the day-to-day activities of the Fire Department, interacting with the public, city departments, other governmental agencies and the media. In addition to preparing and administering the annual budget, the administration is also responsible for managing the city’s Insurance Services Office (ISO) public protection rating, as well as its international accreditation status through the commission on Fire Accreditation International. Included in Administration is the Logistics Division, which is responsible for the procurement and maintenance of all capital assets for the department. This includes all fire stations, firefighting apparatus and equipment, department vehicles and technology assets.

Administrative offices are located at:
801 Market Street
Wilmington NC 28401
Phone: (910) 341-7846
Fire Chief C.V. "Buddy" Martinette
Cecil V. “Buddy” Martinette, Jr. is the Chief of the Wilmington Fire Department in Wilmington, North Carolina. Prior to this position, he served for 3 years as an Assistant County Administrator in Hanover County, Virginia and 6 years as the Chief of the Lynchburg Fire and EMS Department in Lynchburg, Virginia.  

Chief Martinette began his career at the age of 15 as a Junior Volunteer with the Thalia Volunteer Fire Department in Virginia Beach Virginia. At the age of 19, he began his paid career in Virginia Beach where he spent 25 years leaving as a Battalion Chief and Chief Fire Marshall.  

Chief Martinette holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Administration from Hampton University and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program where he received the Outstanding Research Award in leadership. Chief Martinette also received the designation of Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Chief Fire Officer Designation.

Chief Martinette is a former Instructor III with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire Programs, FEMA Rescue Specialist Instructor and past Incident Support Team Operations Officer and Task Force Leader for Virginia Task Force II, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Urban Search and Rescue Program. His Search & Rescue experience includes the Colonial Heights Wal-Mart Collapse, deployments for hurricanes Floyd, Fran, Frances, Charlie, Ivan, Katrina and Rita, as well as the Murrah Federal Building bombing and the 9-11 Pentagon collapse.

Chief Martinette was appointed by Governor Pat McCrory in 2016 to serve as a Commissioner on the North Carolina State Emergency Response Commission. In addition, he was selected by House Speaker Tim Moore in 2018 to serve on the North Carolina State 911 Board. He also serves on the North Carolina State Fire Chiefs Board, Eastern Firefighters Association Board and as the North Carolina Director to the Southeastern Association of Firefighters.  

In his local community, Buddy is a past president, Paul Harris Fellow and an active member of Wilmington Central Rotary and past president and current board member of Snug Harbour Home Owners Association.    

Chief Martinette frequently lectures on organizational leadership and specialized rescue operations to public safety, military, industrial and law enforcement organizations. Buddy is the author of numerous articles as well as the first, second and third editions of the Jones & Bartlett book Trench Rescue – Principles and Practice to NFPA 1006 and 1670. He also has the distinction of being awarded a patent from the United States Patent Office for his “Sizing Buddy” nut, bolt, and drill bit sizing tool invention.

Contact Information
Email: buddy.martinette@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 343-3900
Deputy Chief Jon "Steve" Mason
Jon S. “Steve” Mason began his fire service career in 1987 as a volunteer member of the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department. He served three years with Wrightsville Beach, most of which as an intern, while attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In September of 1990, he began his service with the Wilmington Fire Department. Chief Mason has subsequently held every position in the Operations Division including Chief of Operations and his previous position which was the Shift Commander for “A” shift. Chief Mason has also served as a training officer and the department safety officer. 

Chief Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Parks and Recreation Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s four-year Executive Fire Officer (EFOP) Program. 

Chief Mason served on the department’s Hazardous Materials Response and Technical Rescue/USAR teams for over twenty years.  He was awarded “Firefighter of the Year” in 1989, received two Life Saving Awards, and was most recently honored with the Distinguished Service Award.  

Contact Information
Email: jon.mason@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 343-4784
Assistant Chief of Support Services Frank Blackley
Frank Blackley is an Assistant Chief with the Wilmington, NC Fire Dept.  He has more than 30 years’ experience in the fire service and currently oversees the Support Services division.  He is a lifelong resident of Wilmington and a graduate of John T. Hoggard High School.  Chief Blackley began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Winter Park Fire Department during high school and was a resident firefighter with the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department while attending college in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Asst. Chief Blackley holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban and Regional Planning from UNC Wilmington.  He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has received the “Chief Fire Officer” designation from The Commission on Professional Credentialing. 

He previously served two years as president of the North Carolina Fire Marshal’s Association where he became involved with Vision 20/20 – National Strategies for Fire Loss Prevention and their efforts to promote community risk reduction (CRR) in all levels of the fire service, specifically in operations.  In recent years, he has taught nationally for Vision 20/20, is one of their CRR technical advisors, and assisted in development of a National Fire Academy course on CRR.  He is a lifetime member of the Optimist Club of Winter Park and is married with two daughters.  

Contact Information
Email: frank.blackley@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3939
Business & Organizational Dev Mgr Meredith Mulford
Meredith MulfordMeredith Mulford is the Business and Organizational Development Manager for the Wilmington Fire Department.  Meredith started her career with the City in 2018.  As the Business and Organizational Development Manager for the department, she provides departmental planning and research activities to strategically support fire and EMS operations.  Meredith previously worked for the City of Houston, Waste Management and McKinsey & Co.   

Meredith holds a BA from Agnes Scott College and an MBA from Georgia Tech.  She received her Six Sigma black belt from the University of Houston. She is a co-chair for the Tri-County Community Collaborative and a parent leader for Circle of Parents. 

Contact Information
Email: meredith.mulford@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 772-4169
Accreditation Manager David Hines
David Hines is the Accreditation Manager for the Wilmington Fire Department. Battalion Chief Hines started his career in July 1984 and served as firefighter, driver operator, lieutenant and captain before being promoted to battalion chief in January 2005. As Battalion Chief, he served as Special Operations Coordinator for four years and has served as Accreditation Manager and Public Information Officer for the past 8 years. He served two years in the Fire Marshal’s Office in 1990 and 1991 as an Inspector/ Investigator/ Fire Educator. 

Chief Hines holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College. He is a graduate of The National Fire Academy in Fire Inspection Principles, The Emergency Management Institute in Advanced Public Information Officer, The North Carolina Fire College in Fire Officer Training Program and The North Carolina Justice Academy in Arson Investigation. Chief Hines received Firefighter of the Year Award in 2001 and The Chief’s Cross Award in 2017. 

Chief Hines was a charter member of the department’s hazardous materials team, achieving N.C. Hazardous Materials Technician Levels 1, 2, and 3. He was certified a Highway Emergency Response Specialist by the Association of American Railroads. He is a N.C Fire Instructor Level 2 and a certified Peer Assessor Level 1 by The Commission for Fire Accreditation International.

Contact Information
Email: david.hines@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 343-4782
Logistics Captain Phil Bothwell
Phil Bothwell is a Captain with the Wilmington Fire Department who oversees Logistics. Captain Bothwell started his career with the fire department in 1987 and served as a firefighter, driver operator, lieutenant and captain for 28 years on the operations side of the department. For the past two years he has been working in logistics. These duties include serving on the Fire Apparatus Specification Committee and Wilmington Fire Department Branding Committee.  In this position, he provides all firefighting personnel with the proper protective equipment, uniform distribution, purchasing of firefighting tools and equipment as needed, as well as all station supplies.

Captain Bothwell was part of a team that evaluated and made changes to the initial North Carolina Hazardous Materials Technician level training curriculum in 1988.  That curriculum has been updated throughout the years to keep up with changing conditions but the basics are still applicable today. As a member of the department’s Haz-mat Team, he achieved North Carolina Hazardous Materials Technician Levels 1, 2 and 3. He was certified as a Tank/Rail Car Specialist by the Transportation Emergency Response Training Center from Pueblo, Colorado. He completed Live Agent COBRA and WMD training in Anniston, Alabama.  After 9-11, Captain Bothwell attended a certification class at New Mexico Tech, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Training Course and received his awareness Level Instructors certification. Captain Bothwell is a North Carolina certified Fire Instructor Level 2.

Phil is married to his wife of 34 years, Dorice. He has two sons, Adam from Wilmington and Eric and his wife Natasha from Florida.  He also has two grandchildren, Atticus age 10 and Braylie Reese age 1.

Contact Information
Email: phil.bothwell@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 343-3931
FF-EMT/Public Information Officer Natosha Vincent
FF_PIO_Vincent_WebNatosha Vincent is a Firefighter-EMT currently assigned as the Public Information Officer. Firefighter Vincent is an 9-year veteran of the fire service, having volunteered at Sloop Point Volunteer Fire Rescue in 2011 before being hired into the 2012 WFD Recruit Academy. During her 8 years with the City of Wilmington Department, she has served on the Hiring Committee, Diversity Committee and as a Recruit Liaison in the 2017-18 WFD Academy. She is a proud graduate of the North Carolina Breathing Equipment School, Class 54.

Firefighter Vincent is a Hazardous Materials Technician and a member of the Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team, as well as a member of the North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Emergency Response Team. She is also actively involved with the Hazardous Materials Response on a state-wide level, having served as the Secretary of the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders from July 2017-August 2018, in addition to acting as a Coordinator of the Education and Outreach Committee. Currently, Firefighter Vincent is the Eastern Director for the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders.

Firefighter Vincent holds a Bachelor of Arts in Parks and Recreation Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She spends her free time with her daughter enjoying the waves of our local beaches and is an active member of the local shag dance association.

Contact Information

Email: natosha.vincent@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 765-7458
Systems Analyst Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the Systems Analyst for the Wilmington Fire Department. Chris started his career with the city in 2012. As the systems analyst for the department, he manages, administers and maintains the information technology (IT) hardware and software needs. This includes radios, computers, Mobile Computer Terminals (MCT’s), printers, copiers, Fire House Software, Office 365, SharePoint, APX and Astro CPS. Chris is the department’s liaison with the City of Wilmington’s IT department and together they manage all IT needs. Chris previously worked for the Brunswick County School systems technology department.       

Chris Graham holds a B.S. in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.  He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated.

Contact Information
Email: chris.graham@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3904

Quality Assurance Chuck Styes
Chuck Styes is an administrative support specialist with the Wilmington Fire Department. Chuck started his career in 1973 and advanced through the ranks from firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, captain, and finally battalion chief. He retired in 2009 after thirty five years of service and returned in a part-time capacity to assist with quality control and records management.

During his years as a firefighter, Chuck was a certified EMT-I. He was a member of the WFD Dive Team. Chuck completed the NC Fire College Officer Program and completed courses in arson investigation and advanced arson investigation at the NC Criminal Justice Academy. 

Chuck was one of the original officers to develop the WFD Hazardous Materials Team and was certified as a technician. He also completed courses conducted by the Association of American Railroads, the US Department of Transportation’s Technology Center and Hazardous Waste Operations. As a battalion chief, he was involved in the development of the WFD Marine Firefighting Program. 

Contact Information
Email: chuck.styes@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 343-3915
Data Analyst Jeff Clift
BioCliftJeff Clift is the Senior Data Analyst for the Wilmington Fire Department. Jeff started his career with the city in 2017. As the data analyst for the department, he analyzes various data sources including Computer Aided Dispatch and Firehouse. He uses this and various GIS data sources to assist in attaining and maintaining various fire department certifications and help facilitate speedy and efficient utilization of the department’s resources.

Jeff moved to the Wilmington area in 1993 where he attended UNCW and received a B.S. in Computer Science. After graduating, he worked for 16 years in the private sector writing GIS and OMS software for rural electric power co-ops.

Jeff Clift holds a B.S. in Computer Science from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a B.S. in Industrial Training and Development from the State University of New York at Oswego.  He is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Society for Computing and Information Disciplines.

Contact Information 
Email: jeff.clift@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 765-0486
Human Resources Technician Heather Kaus
Heather Kaus is the Human Resources Technician for the Wilmington Fire Department. Heather began working for the City of Wilmington in September of 2015, where she was the Human Resource Technician over Benefits and made her transition to the Fire Department in April, 2016. Heather started her Human Resources career at the Wilmington Treatment Center where she was the Human Resources Coordinator.

Mrs. Kaus is obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Columbia Southern University and currently holds an Associate’s Degree in General Education, as well as an Associate’s Degree in the Arts from Cape Fear Community College. 

Contact Information
Email: heather.kaus@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 772-4131
TRAINING
The Wilmington Fire Department Training Division is responsible for developing programs to assist suppression personnel to achieve the fire department-mandated annual 240 hours of training in firefighting, emergency medical technician, technical rescue, hazardous materials and incident command. The Training Division also manages the recruit academy, all promotion scheduling and testing for suppression personnel, as well as coordinating an in-house leadership development program. The Wilmington Fire Department proudly maintains a "delivery agency" status through the State of North Carolina Department of Insurance, making it only one of five departments in state with such distinction and allowing the department to train and certify our employees in-house during the recruit academy and various specialized courses. 
Training Battalion Chief Herman "Blue" Born

Battalion Chief Herman H. “Blue” Born II started his career in 1983 as a volunteer firefighter with the Murrysville, PA Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Born has worked for the Wilmington Fire Department since 1999. He was initially assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau where he held the positions of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and Fire Marshal before transferring to the Operations Division in 2011. He has worked with career departments in various capacities since 1992. 

Chief Born holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Allegheny Community College, an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Administration from Columbia Southern University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs Chief Officer Executive Development Program, a graduate of the Leading, Educating, and Developing Program at the University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, and a graduate of the Academy for Strategic Management through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Master of Public Administration course. He also has graduated from numerous programs at the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Academy and the National Fire Academy, where he completed his first year of the Executive Fire Officers Program.  Chief Born received an Act of Valor award in 1992. 

Chief Born is a core instructor for the Cape Fear Community College First Responder Academy. He championed the installation and completion of the fire alarm and fire sprinkler lab at CFCC.  He is certified through the State of North Carolina as a Firefighter II, Fire Inspector III, Fire Officer III, Certified Fire Investigator, and Emergency Medical Technician. Chief Born is a member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. Roland Gross Council 11817.                             

Contact Information
Email: herman.born@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 772-4125

Scott Rivenbark

ScottRivenbark _WebScott Rivenbark is an EMS Program Coordinator with the Wilmington Fire Department. Scott started his career with Wilmington on March 29, 1999 and has served as a Firefighter, Engineer, and Master Firefighter before being promoted to Captain in October of 2015.

Scott holds an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from Cape Fear Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.   He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Leadership for Fire and EMS Strategies.  In October of 2008, Scott was recognized as Firefighter of the Year along with two other firefighters for rescuing one of their own from the second story of a burning residence.  

Scott was one of five charter members of the department’s SWAT Medic program.  He was also a member of the hazardous materials team achieving N.C. Hazardous Materials Technician Levels I and II. Scott is a N.C Fire Instructor Level II, EMS LeveI l  Instructor, AHA Faculty Instructor, Tractor Drawn Arial Instructor and a certified Peer Assessor Level I  by The Commission for Fire Accreditation International.

 

Contact Information
Email: scott.rivenbark@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 765.7460

Training Captain Donald "Donnie" Burns
CaptDonnieBurnsBioDonald Burns is a Captain with the Wilmington Fire Department. Captain Burns started his career in November 2005 and served as a Firefighter, Master Firefighter being promoted to Captain in November, 2016. Captain Burns is currently assigned to the Training Section as a Training officer.

Captain Burns holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.

Captain Burns holds an Instructor Certification level Two from OSFM. His areas of Qualification are Firefighter, Blue Card Incident Command Instructor, Incident Safety Officer and Live Burn. He is an instructor CFCC and the Rapid Intervention Team School.
Captain Burns received the departments Fire Fighter of the year award in 2013.


Contact Information

Email: donald.burns@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 341-4607
Training Master Firefighter Chris Small

Master Firefighter Chris SmallChris Small is a Master Firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department. Master Firefighter Small began his career with the Wilmington Fire Department in January of 1998 as a firefighter and promoted to Master firefighter in June of 2013. He currently serves in the Training Division and is responsible for facilitating training activities for department personnel and the recruit academy.

Master Firefighter Chris Small is an Eagle Scout and at the time he achieved the rank of Eagle he was the second youngest one in the state of North Carolina. He became and explore with both the Wilmington Fire Department and Wrightsville Beach Fire Department in the late 1980s. In 1991 he became a Volunteer Firefighter with the Seagate Fire Department where he worked through the ranks to serve as a Lieutenant until he was hired by the Wilmington Fire Department. He is a level three Fire and Life safety educator which he enjoys teaching people about fire safety. He also serves an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 26.

Master Firefighter Small graduated from J.T. Hoggard high school in 1992 and then attended Cape Fear Community College where he received a one-year vocational degree in Light Construction. In 2017 he began working to achieve his Associate's degree in The Science of Fire and he completed his degree in July of 2018.

 

Contact Information

Email: chris.small@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 772-4124

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training Master Firefighter Robb Trout
BioTroutRobb Trout is a Master Firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department. Master Firefighter Trout began his career with the WFD in March of 1999 as a firefighter and was promoted to Master Firefighter in January of 2014. He currently serves in the Training Division and is responsible for facilitating training activities for department personnel and the recruit academy.

Master Firefighter Trout began volunteering as a firefighter at the age of 17 at the Hugh Gassner Fire Company, #25 in South Spring Valley, NY where he worked through the ranks to serve as Chief. He also served his community as a volunteer for an additional three years at Brewer Fire Engine Company # 1 in Monsey, New York prior to moving to Wilmington to accept a position to become a firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department.  

Master Firefighter Robb Trout has served with honor as a member of the honor guard, Chairman of the Promotional Committee, as well as a member of the Branding and Hiring Committees. He was awarded the Chief’s Cross in the fall of 2016, and was the recipient of a Life Saving Award.

Master Firefighter Robb Trout is also a member of the hazardous materials team, achieving NC Hazardous Materials Technician. He is also a current member of the North Carolina Haz-Mat Regional Response Team-RRT-2.

Contact Information
Email: robb.trout@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 341-1025
OPERATIONS
The Wilmington Fire Department provides fire suppression, non-transport emergency medical service, technical rescue and hazardous materials response within the City’s corporate limits, as well as providing automatic mutual aid support to New Hanover and surrounding counties. The department operates out of 10 fire stations with 206 uniformed personnel, 180 of which are divided into three rotating shifts.  
Asst Chief of Operations Rick Pearsall - A Shift

Rick Pearsall is an Assistant Chief with the Wilmington Fire Department. Chief Pearsall began his fire service career in 1990 and has held a variety of positions including Operations Battalion Chief, Hazardous Materials Coordinator, Chief of Training and and his current position, Assistant Chief.

Chief Pearsall holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He previously served on the department’s Technical Rescue/USAR team and has been a member of the Hazardous Materials Team for over 24 years.

Contact Information
Email: rick.pearsall@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 772-4125

Asst Chief of Operations Tom Robinson - B Shift

Tom Robinson is currently assigned as Assistant Chief of Operations with the Wilmington Fire Department. Chief Robinson started his career in November 1989 and served as firefighter, driver operator, lieutenant, captain and battalion chief before being promoted to Assistant Chief in January 2017. As Assistant Chief, he serves as Shift Commander on B shift and oversees the Technical Rescue Team and USAR Task Force 11 for the state of North Carolina.

Chief Robinson holds a Bachelor degree in Occupational Health and Safety with a Concentration in Fire Science Technology from Columbia Southern University. He is a member of The National Society of Leadership and Success also through Columbia Southern University. He attended The Academy for Strategic Management through UNCW and several leadership courses through the National Fire Academy. 

Chief Robinson is a member of the department’s hazardous materials team achieving N.C. Hazardous Materials Specialist. He is a certified Highway Emergency Response Specialist and Railway Specialist. He is also a member of the departments Technical Rescue team. Chief Robinson is certified as a Fire Instructor Level 3 by Office of Sate Fire Marshall. He currently serves as a member of a Critical Incident Stress Management group through New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Chief Robinson also serves as Academy Coordinator for Cape Fear Community College First Responder Academy and is also a certified instructor in their Fire Program. As an instructor he teaches fire, hazardous materials, terrorism, and Incident Command courses. He is an active member of the Cape Fear Chordsmen. 

Contact Information
Email: tom.robinson@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-4784

Asst Chief of Operations Sammy Flowers - C Shift
Samuel D. “Sammy” Flowers is an Assistant Chief within the Operations Division of the Wilmington Fire Department.  Assistant Chief Flowers started his career in 1996.  Throughout his career, he has served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, and his current position of Assistant Chief. Chief Flowers also served as Fire Marshal for the City of Wilmington for five years.  

Chief Flowers holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Pfeiffer College, currently Pfeiffer University.  He is also a graduate of several National Fire Academy courses including: Effective Leadership Skills in fire and EMS, Effective Communication Skills for fire and EMS, Executive Planning, and Cultural Competence in Community Risk Reduction.  He is a graduate of the Academy for Strategic Management through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Master of Public Administration course and the NC Fire Prevention School.  He will continue his education by beginning the Executive Fire Officer Program, offered through the National Fire Academy, in 2018.  

Currently, Chief Flowers is the coordinator for the department’s marine fire/rescue division.  He was a member of the fireboat core group, which was instrumental in the purchase and delivery of our fireboat, The “Atlantic VI” in 2007.  He is certified as a PADI open water SCUBA Diver, a NC Fire Instructor Level II, and a NC Standard Level III Fire Inspector.  He is also a member of the NC Marine Firefighting Council and the Vice President of the New Hanover County Firefighter’s Association.    

Contact Information
Email: sammy.flowers@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-4784
Battalion Chief Jason Jordan - A Shift-Dist 1
Jason K. Jordan is a Battalion Chief with the Wilmington Fire Department. Chief Jordan started his career in 1990 and has served as Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain before being promoted to his current position of Operational Battalion Chief in July of 2013. Prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief, he held the position of department Safety Officer before transitioning to Shift Safety Officer, as well as, serving as a Captain in the department’s Training Division. 

Chief Jordan holds a Bachelors of Fire Science Degree from Columbia Southern University. He is a certified Safety Officer through The Fire Departments Safety Officers Association. Chief Jordan is a North Carolina Level II instructor, Propane and Natural Gas live burn instructor, and Building Construction for Fire Officers Instructor. 

His most recent accomplishment was being certified as a Blue Card Instructor for the Department. He serves as one of the first four Blue Card instructors within the department and has assisted in the command officer certification classes where over 95 percent of the department’s captains have been certified within the first year of the Blue Card certification program. 

Contact Information
Email: jason.jordan@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3933                                
Battalion Chief Danny Grafius - A Shift-Dist 2
Daniel E. Grafius is a Battalion Chief of operations with the Wilmington Fire Department.  Chief Grafius started his career in September of 1991, and has been promoted through the ranks of the Wilmington Fire Department.  

Chief Grafius holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Columbia Southern University.  He served on the Wilmington Fire Department’s North Carolina State Hazardous Materials team, as well as the North Carolina State Urban Search and Rescue team. Chief Grafius served in the training division for over five years before being promoted to his current position. He is a North Carolina State certified Fire Service Instructor and has taught for over 15 years.  

Chief Grafius is married and has 2 daughters. He is very involved with his church and has served in a variety of positions, such as chairman of the pastor search committee, personnel committee, as well as, the transportation committee. His life verse is Philippians 4:13.   

Contact Information
Email: danny.grafius@wilmingtonnc.gov 
Phone: (910) 772-4139

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Battalion Chief Greg Fix - B Shift-Dist 1
Greg Fix is an Operational Battalion Chief with the Wilmington Fire Department and is currently assigned to Battalion 1 on B-Shift. Chief Fix is a 25-year veteran of the fire service and has risen through the ranks since joining Wilmington Fire Department in 2000. Prior to joining Wilmington Fire Department, Greg spent 7 years in the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, leaving as Shift Supervisor. During his career, he has served on multiple special teams, worked as a sworn Fire Inspector, and developed a passion for teaching fire and rescue classes for our department, as well as, statewide conferences and seminars.    

Battalion Chief Fix holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Finance from Old Dominion University. He has also completed the National Fire Academy Leadership Series and the National Fire Academy Managing Company Tactical Operations curriculum.   

Chief Fix has been a member of the Dive Rescue Team for 17 years and a member of the Technical Rescue Team for 16 years. He is currently serving as an active member of NC USAR Task Force 11. He is a NC Level II Instructor and acts as a lead instructor at NC Breathing Equipment School, NC Thermal Imaging School, NC Rapid Intervention School, NC Fire Officer Leadership Academy, and the South Atlantic Fire and Rescue Conference. In addition, Chief Fix holds certifications as Fire Officer II, Level III Fire Inspector, and ACE PEER Fitness Trainer.                    

Contact Information
Email: greg.fix@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3933
Battalion Chief John Stephenson - B Shift-Dist 2
BioStephensonJohn Stephenson is a Battalion Chief of Operations currently assigned to Battalion 2 on B-Shift.  Chief Stephenson is a 20-year veteran of the fire service, having served as a Fire Specialist II with the City of New Bern Fire Department, and 18 years with the City of Wilmington Fire Department including the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain.  He is a National Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer II, Qualified Fire Service Instructor, and a Hazardous Materials Technician. 

Chief Stephenson’s passion within the fire service is Hazardous Materials Response.  He is a member of the Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team, and a member of the North Carolina Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team 2.  He has Hazardous Materials Specialist Certifications in Highway Emergency Response and Railway Emergency Response, and has served as the on-shift Hazardous Materials Response Leader for the past five years.  He is also actively involved with Hazardous Materials Response on a state-wide level, having served as the Secretary and President of the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders, as well as representing the Department and Hazardous Materials Association on the North Carolina Regional Response Team’s Technical Advisory Group and Technical Advisory Committee. 

Chief Stephenson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Barton College, an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Preparedness Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College.   He is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Chief Stephenson’s hobbies include playing golf and studying the history of World War II.  He is the proud uncle of a niece and four nephews.                                

Contact Information 
Email: john.stephenson@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 772-4139
Battalion Chief Patrick Campbell - C Shift-Dist 1
Patrick D. Campbell is an Operations Battalion Chief with the Wilmington Fire Department.  Battalion Chief Campbell started his career with the Wrightsville Beach Volunteer Fire Department in 1989, where he served as an intern and firefighter.  He was hired by the Hickory Fire Department in western North Carolina, in August of 1993, and subsequently by the Wilmington Fire Department in August of 1995. 

 He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Parks and Recreation Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Strategic Management through the University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Master of Public Administration.

 As a member of the department, he has served as a Firefighter, an Engineer, Lieutenant and Captain before being promoted to Battalion Chief in September of 2012.  He served as Chief Officer of the Training Division for three years, until moving to operations in the fall of 2015.  Chief Campbell has been a member of both the Hazardous Materials team and the Technical Rescue team.  He is a fire service instructor Level II through the Office of State Fire Marshal.  His most recent accomplishment was being certified as a Blue Card Instructor where he serves as one of the first four Blue Card Incident Management Instructors for the department.  

Contact Information
Email: patrick.campbell@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3933
Battalion Chief J J Norwood - C Shift-Dist 2
BC_JJNorwood _WebJonathan “JJ” Norwood is a Battalion Chief within the Operations Division of the Wilmington Fire Department and currently is assigned to Battalion 2 on C shift. Battalion Chief Norwood started his career with the department on January 5, 1998, after beginning his service as a volunteer for the former Winter Park Volunteer Fire Station. Throughout his career, he has served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, and his current position of Battalion Chief.

Chief Norwood holds a Bachelor of Science in Management & Organizational Development from the former Mt. Olive College, currently Mt. Olive University. He will continue to further is education by enrolling in the National Fire Academy’s Effective Communication Skills for Fire and EMS.
Chief Norwood is a Hazardous Materials Technician and a member of the North Carolina Hazardous Materials Response Team 2. Chief Norwood is also member of the North Carolina Search & Rescue Team, Task Force 11, one of the state’s critical disaster response teams. Chief Norwood holds his Instructor I & II, and has assisted or served as the Lead Instructor in the WFD Recruit Academy since 2002. Chief Norwood also serves as one of the department’s Qualified LP Gas Instructors for the recruit academy.

Contact Information
Email: jj.norwood@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343 - 3933                           
Safety & Wellness Captain John Greene
John Greene is a Safety Officer with the Wilmington Fire Department. Captain Greene started his career in October 1993 and served as a firefighter, engineer and lieutenant before being promoted to Captain in December, 2008.

Captain Greene holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Drafting and Design from Cape Fear Technical Institute.

Captain Greene is a member of the department’s Technical Rescue Team and Hazardous Materials Teams. He is a N.C. Fire Instructor Level II, a certified Peer Fitness Instructor and a Blue Card Incident Command Instructor.  

Contact Information 
Email: john.greene@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-4783
Safety Captain Carl Cliver - A Shift
Carl Edward Cliver is a Captain with the Wilmington Fire Department.   Captain Cliver began his career as a volunteer firefighter at the age of eighteen and began his service with the City of Wilmington in 1993.   Captain Cliver has progressed through the ranks while holding the positions of firefighter, driver, Lieutenant and Captain.  Captain Cliver was promoted to his current position in 2010. He serves as one of three Shift Safety Officers. His role is to ensure the safety of all personnel, compliance with policy and procedures during operations occurring in and out of hazard zones, and provide accountability to the command staff.  

Captain Cliver has served on several special team assignments in the department including Hazardous Materials Technician, Recovery Diver, Swift Water Rescue and Fireboat Officer, and also holds a Hundred Ton Captains License. He was one of the six original committee members that organized and designed the department’s 50’ Fire Boat, which is currently used to protect the rivers and waters surrounding the City of Wilmington and neighboring counties.

While in his current position, he has earned the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), a 40-hour OSHA Certification, and has completed various other OSHA training.  This training benefits the department in various applications during safety inspections, personnel injuries, and accident investigations.

Contact Information
Email: carl.cliver@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3949 
FIRE & LIFE SAFETY | FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE
The Office of the Fire Marshal conducts all fire and life safety code enforcement activities through building plans examination in addition to on-site fire inspections. Fire inspectors are trained and certified through national certification processes to determine code violations and to offer violation remedies. Fire Inspectors follow state code and local ordinances to ensure that public buildings are safe for occupancy, and in the event of an emergency, occupants can safely escape.

The mission of the Fire & Life Safety Division is to provide a fire safe community for citizens and visitors. To accomplish this, the Fire & Life Safety Division has an aggressive, proactive fire prevention program, targeting areas where the public is at increased risk during a fire event. We offer assistance with emergency planning, conducting fire drills, and fire extinguisher training.
  
The fire department also offers assistance with smoke alarms. If you need help testing an alarm, changing the battery, installing or replacing an alarm, call or email to schedule a time with a fire department representative.

The Office of the Fire Marshal’s Office is located at:
230 Government Center Dr.
Suite 150
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 343-0696
Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal Chris Walker
Chris WalkerChris Walker is a Battalion Chief and the current Fire Marshal for the City of Wilmington. Chief Walker began his career in the Wilmington Fire Department in 2000 and his career path took him from Firefighter, Driver Operator, Training Officer and Captain in Operations before being promoted to the Battalion Chief of Community Risk Reduction in July, 2016. Chief Walker was assigned to the Fire Marshal’s Office and sworn in as the Fire Marshal in December of 2016. 

Chris holds a B.A. in Physical Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Also, he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy in Leadership Strategies of Community Risk Reduction and holds certifications in Surface Water Rescue, General Level II Instructor, FDSOA Safety Officer, Fire Officer I & II, Fire Inspector Level I and is a Qualified Firefighter I & II Instructor. Chief Walker received the Firefighter of the Year Award in 2008. 

During his time with the department, Chief Walker has been a member of the Dive/Water Rescue Team, served in the Mentoring Program, served as President and Vice President of the Wilmington Firefighters Foundation, Assistant Public Information Officer and was a founding member of the Wilmington Fire Department Honor Guard in 2008. Chief Walker currently serves as a Technical Advisor and Instructor for Vision 20/20, a driving force in Community Risk Reduction efforts across the nation.

Contact Information
Email: chris.walker@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3918
Risk Reduction Coordinator Wendy Giannini-King
Wendy Giannini-KingWendy Giannini-King is the Risk Reduction Coordinator with the Wilmington Fire Department, where her goal is to reduce fire & life safety risks and increase preparedness and knowledge of safe practices in the city. Ms. Giannini-King began her work with the Wilmington Fire Department in 2010, as the department's Public Educator. She was promoted to her current position in December, 2016.  
  
Prior to Ms. Giannini-King coming to work at WFD, she was an elementary school teacher in her home town of Virginia, as well as, in North Carolina. She also has spent time working in the fields of marketing and human resources.
  
Ms. Giannini-King holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College, with a special endorsement in Curriculum Differentiation from North Carolina Central University. She is a certified Youth Fire Setter Intervention Specialist and a Level III Fire & Life Safety Educator. 

Contact Information
Email: wendy.giannini.king@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 342-2731
Fire & Life Safety Captain Chris Elrod
Chris Elrod is a career fire professional whose work ranges from firefighter, to fire investigator, to County Fire Marshal. He is currently a captain in the fire marshal’s office in Wilmington, North Carolina. Captain Elrod started his career as a volunteer in several different fire departments, both in North Carolina as well as other locals. Captain Elrod served as Chief Fire Marshal of New Hanover County and was the first fire marshal of the county. While serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department, Captain Elrod was a fire and explosion investigator utilized by the insurance industry. 

Mr. Elrod holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology with a special emphasis in arson investigation. He is a graduate from the National Fire Academy in Fire Structures and Systems. He is also a graduate of the North Carolina Justice Academy as well as the North Carolina Professional Training Institute in Arson and Fire Investigation Technician. He is also a graduate of the North Carolina State Fire Prevention School.

Captain Elrod is an active member of the North Carolina Fire Marshal’s Association and is part of the planning committee for the annual North Carolina Fire Prevention School. He is also president of the North Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Arson investigators in which he serves on the training committee and is on the board of directors.

Captain Elrod is a Certified Fire Inspector III, Firefighter II, Fire Service Instructor II, Education Methodology Instructor. He is also certified instructor for fire inspector certification as continuing education. He is a certified fire investigator through the NC Office of State Fire Marshal, He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators in which is a Certified Fire Investigator as well as a Certified Fire Investigation Instructor. He has been utilized as a subject matter expert for the North Carolina Fire Investigation Technician curriculum. He has served as a fire expert to outside organizations and investigations with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

Contact Information
Email: chris.elrod@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3917
Fire & Life Safety Captain Chad Chandler
Chad Chandler is a Captain with the Wilmington Fire Department. Captain Chandler began his career in March of 1998. Chad served as a Firefighter and Driver Operator before being promoted to Captain in January of 2014. As Captain, he has served as an Engine Company Officer and for the last 3 years has served as an Inspector/Investigator in the Fire Marshal’s Office.  

Captain Chandler holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College. He is also a graduate of The National Fire Academy in Fire Arson Origin and Cause Investigation. 

Captain Chandler is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Chad also holds a State of North Carolina Fire Inspector Level II, State of North Carolina Fire Instructor Level II and is a Fire Investigation Technician (FIT). 

Contact Information
Email: chad.chandler@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 772-4129




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Master Firefighter Jeremy "Rocky" Martin
Jeremy “Rocky” Martin is a Master Firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department. He started his career in the fire service in 1993 and has served as a Firefighter, an Engineer, and is currently a Master Firefighter in the Fire Marshal’s office where he serves as a Fire Code Official/Fire Investigator.

Mr. Martin is a graduate of The National Fire Academy Fire/Arson and Explosion Investigation course. Mr. Martin is a NC Fire Inspector Level II and is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Contact Information
Email: rocky.martin@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 341-0095
Master Firefighter Robert Bentfield
Robert Bentfield is a Master Firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department.  He started his career in the fire service in March of 1998 and served as a Firefighter and Driver Operator until January 2013.  Master Firefighter Bentfield was then assigned to the Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office where he serves as a Fire Inspector/Fire Investigator.

Master Firefighter Bentfield is currently pursuing his Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.  He is a graduate of The National Fire Academy in the following subjects:  Fire Inspection Principles, Fire/Arson and Explosion Investigation, Fire Investigation: Forensic Evidence and Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Plans Review. Robert also received the Wilmington Fire Department Life Saving Award in 2013.

Master Firefighter Bentfield is a Certified N.C. Fire Inspector Level II, N.C. Fire Instructor Level II and obtained his Fire Officer Level II.  He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and also obtained his Fire Investigation Technician (FIT).

Contact Information
Email: robert.bentfield@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-4767










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Master Firefighter James Merritt
James Merritt is a native of Wilmington and currently serves as a Fire Code Official/Investigator/Master Firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department Fire Marshal's Office.  James began his career with the Wilmington Fire Department in 2003 and served as Firefighter/EMT-B until being promoted to Master Firefighter in 2013.  He began working in the Fire Marshal's Office in 2014.

James is a graduate of The National Fire Academy in Fire/Arson and Explosion Investigation, Forensic Evidence Collection, and Electrical Systems.  He holds his North Carolina Fire Inspector Level I certification and his Fire Investigation Technician (FIT) certification.

James is an active member of the North Carolina Insurance Crime Information Exchange (NCICIE) and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). He is a charter member of the Wilmington Fire Department's Honor Guard and previously served as a member of their Water Rescue/Recovery Team. He is actively involved with StreetSafe, a NC Non­Profit, as an instructor who teaches lifesaving driving techniques and is an active member/volunteer of Lifepoint Church.

Contact Information
Email: james.merritt@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-4766
GARAGE & MAINTENANCE
The Garage & Maintenance Division is responsible for our preventative maintenance, making major and minor repairs on the city’s fleet of fire apparatus and departmental vehicles. The mission of the Garage & Maintenance Division is to maintain all city vehicles and equipment in an efficient, cost effective manner while maintaining a high level of service.
Maintenance Supervisor Ronnie Brinkley
Ronnie E. Brinkley is the Maintenance Supervisor with the Wilmington Fire Department. He began his career with the department in 2007 and has more than 35 years of experience working on various types of vehicles.

He grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and is a graduate of Madison High School. After high school, Ronnie attended Asheville Buncombe Tech College, where he graduated from their Diesel Engines and Hydraulic Systems program. He was hired by a Detroit diesel and Allison transmission distributor and worked there for more than 23 years. He was the Service Manager for the Wilmington office for 16 years.   

Since his employment with the Wilmington Fire Department began, Ronnie has received his EVT certifications in maintenance, inspection and testing of fire apparatus, fire pumps and accessories, fire apparatus electrical systems, aerial fire apparatus and Allison transmissions. 

Contact Information
Email: ronnie.brinkley@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone:  (910) 343-3943
Master Emergency Vehicle Technician Darryl Stahl
DarylStahl_garage_WebDaryl Stahl is a Master Emergency Vehicle Technician with the Wilmington Fire Department. He began his career with the fire department in January 2008 and has enjoyed working on various types of vehicles for more than 25 years.

Daryl grew up in Wilmington and is graduate of Hoggard High School. Through-out his career in the automotive industry, Daryl has received his Master level ASE Certification in Medium/Heavy Trucks.

Since being employed with the Wilmington Fire Department, Daryl has received his Level 1, Level 2 and Master level 3 EVT Certifications. This includes Maintenance, Inspection and Testing, Design and Performance Standards, Fire Pumps and Accessories, Fire Apparatus Electrical Systems, Aerial Fire Apparatus and Allison Automatic Transmissions.



Contact Information
Email: daryl.stahl@wilmingtonnc.gov
Phone: (910) 343-3943

Emergency Vehicle Technician Martin "Eddie" Jacobs

Martin “Eddie” Jacobs is an Emergency Vehicle Technician with the Wilmington Fire Department and began his career with the fire department in 2016. He has more than 25 years of experience working in the boat and yacht building industry, including at Hatteras Yachts and Bennett Brothers Yachts.

Eddie attended University of North Carolina Greensboro where he majored in Computer Science, and minored in Anthropology and Sociology. Eddie later attended Guilford Tech College, where he was trained to work on diesel engine electronics. Eddie was later trained in hydraulic systems. He is also certified to work on marine transmissions, Hamilton jets, and Arnason drives. Eddie is expertly trained to work on Northern Lights, Westerbeke, Cat, Cummins, Detroit and Isuzu generators, as well as propulsion engines. Eddie is an operator and instructor on marine travel lifts. In addition to being Yanmar trained in engines and transmissions, Eddie is also ABYC certified in electronics, certified in Marine heat and air systems, marine plumbing, and marine drive systems with all under water hardware. He is also John Deere trained in Marine engines and generators. Eddie claims “Anything that is good about me comes from my family.”

Since being employed with the Wilmington Fire Department, he has received his EVT certifications in Design & Performance standards of Fire Apparatus and Allison automatic transmissions.

CONTACT INFORMATION

EMAIL: martin.jacobs@wilmingtonnc.gov
PHONE: (910) 343-3943