Leadership

Company/Association News

Issue 10 and Volume 169.

JIM WILSON was sworn in as the new chief of the South Portland (ME) Fire Department (SPFD) in July. Wilson, a third-generation firefighter, has served 20 years with the SPFD, most recently as its deputy chief. The SPFD recently became the first fire department in Maine and one of only 100 fire departments nationwide to receive a coveted Class 1 rating from a national insurance risk assessment agency. JEFF BLACKLEDGE was sworn in as the new chief of the Clinton (MS) Fire Department (CFD), replacing former Chief Barry Burnside, who resigned in July to accept a position at the Mississippi State Fire Academy. Blackledge has served with the CFD since 1994, most recently as division chief of training and safety, his position since 2009. He has more than 2,000 hours of specialized firefighting and emergency medical technician. CARLOS AVILES was named as the new chief the St. Augustine (FL) Fire…

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