Firefighting, Leadership

Former Lincoln (NE) Fire Chief Chosen to Lead Baltimore (MD) Fire Department

The former head of the Lincoln (NE) Fire Department has been selected to lead the city of Baltimore (MD) Fire Department.

The Baltimore Sun said ( that Niles Ford, 48, a career firefighter who most recently was the manager of a small city in Georgia, will reportedly take over as fire chief in January. Ford will helm the department as it undergoes major changes, including a schedule change and the loss of 140 firefighter positions through attrition.

Ford was among a “handful” of finalists selected by search firm Gans, Gans & Associates, a Florida firm contracted to undertake the search, according to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

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