Administrative offices are located at:
801 Market Street
Wilmington NC 28401
Phone: (910) 341-7846
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3900
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.
Phone: (910) 343-4784
Tom Robinson is currently assigned as Assistant Chief of Support Services with the Wilmington Fire Department, overseeing the department's Fire Marshal's Office, Training Division, Safety Division and Logistics. 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 of Operations in January 2017. As Assistant Chief of Operations, he served as Shift Commander on B shift and oversaw 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 State Fire Marshal. 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.
Phone: (910) 343-3939
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.
Phone: (910) 772-4169
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.
Phone: (910) 343-4782
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3931
Natosha 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, Natosha is the Eastern Director for the North Carolina Association of Hazardous Materials Responders.
Natosha 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.
Phone: (910) 765-7458
Scott Rivenbark is the Project and Budget Analyst for the Wilmington Fire Department. Scott began 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. In April of 2018, Captain Rivenbark suffered an off-duty injury, leaving him paralyzed from waist down. In December of 2018, Scott accepted the EMS Coordinator position and maintained all EMS certificates, policies and procedures as well as providing training on EMS related topics. During the organizational restructuring of the department in the winter of 2020, Scott was selected to be the department’s Project and Budget Analyst.
Scott holds an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from Cape Fear Community College and is currently pursuing a Bachelor 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.
Scott is a N.C Fire Instructor Level 2, EMS Level 1 Instructor, AHA Faculty Instructor, Tractor Drawn Arial Instructor and a certified Peer Assessor Level 1 by The Commission for Fire Accreditation International.
Phone: (910) 765-7460
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3915
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.
Phone: (910) 765-0486
Ms. Miller 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.
Phone: (910) 772-4131
Jonathan “JJ” Norwood is the Battalion Chief of Safety and Training Division of the Wilmington Fire Department. 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.
Phone: (910) 772-4125
Chris 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.
Phone: (910) 772-4124
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.
Phone: (910) 341-1025
Rick Pearsall is the Assistant Chief of Operations 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.
Phone: (910) 765-7470
John Stephenson is the Battalion Chief of Special Operations of the Wilmington Fire Department. Chief Stephenson is a 21-year veteran of the fire service, having served as a Fire Specialist II with the City of New Bern Fire Department, and 19 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.
Phone: (910) 343-4784
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3933
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.
Phone: (910) 772-4139
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3933
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.
Phone: (910) 772-4139
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3933
Derek Mickler is a Captain with the Wilmington Fire Department and is currently assigned as an Acting Battalion Chief in District 2 on C-Shift. Captain Mickler is a 21-year veteran of the fire service and has risen through the ranks since joining Wilmington Fire Department in 2004. Prior to joining Wilmington Fire Department, Captain Mickler spent five years as a volunteer with the Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department where he started as a junior FF. He is a member of the Hazardous Materials team as a NC Hazardous Materials Specialist and currently serves as an active member of the NC Regional Response Team 2 in addition to working directly with the NC Emergency Management Technical Advisory Group. Captain Mickler has received advanced certifications in both Railway & Radiological Emergency Responses. Captain Mickler has been an active member in the NC Association of Hazardous Materials Responders where he has served as Eastern Director, Secretary, Vice President, & President and continues to assist with the design and implementation of the annual NC HazMat Competition.
Captain Mickler holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology from Coastal Carolina and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire & Emergency Services Administration from Fayetteville State University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program through the NC Association of Fire Chiefs.
Captain Mickler is a NC Level II Qualified Instructor where he teaches for the WFD Fire Academy, CFCC Fire Academy, and the CFCC Weekend Fire Conferences. In addition, Captain Mickler holds certifications as Fire Officer II, Incident Safety Officer and NC Live Burn Instructor.
Captain Mickler currently resides in Wilmington with his wife Rebecca and their two sons.
Phone: (910) 772-4139
John Greene is a Safety and Training Captain 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.
Phone: (910) 343-4783
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3949
Captain Stenerson holds an Associates in Arts and Science from SUNY Rockland Community College. Captain Stenerson received the department's Firefighter of the Year award in 2011.
Captain Stenerson holds certifications Fire Officer I and II, Structural Collapse, Technical Rescuer and Rapid Intervention Crew Certification. Captain Stenerson holds an Instructor Certification level Two from OSFM. His areas of Qualification are Firefighter, RIC, Incident Safety Officer, and Leadership I, II and III. He is an instructor for the NC Breathing Equipment School and the Rapid Intervention Team School. Captain Stenerson is the current president of the WFD Fire Fighters Foundation. He is also the current president of Wilmington Professional Fire Fighters Local 129.
Phone: (910) 343-3949
Captain Brock holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Keiser University. Captain Brock is a member of the Department's Technical Rescue Team. Captain Brock also served as Treasurer on the first established Wilmington Firefighters Foundation.
Captain Brock has been married 34 years and has 2 children, Ashley and Timothy Jr., both of Wilmington. He also has 3 grandchildren, Lesly age 14, Max age 10 and Rylee age 5.
Phone: (910) 343-3949
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.
Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: (910) 343-0696
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3918
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.
Phone: (910) 342-2731
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3917
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).
Phone: (910) 772-4129
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).
Phone: (910) 343-4767
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.
Phone: (910) 343-4766
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3943
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3943
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.
Phone: (910) 343-3943