Frank Blackley recently retired as an Assistant Chief from the Wilmington, NC Fire Department after 35 years of service. He was previously Fire Marshal during which time he served two terms as president of the North Carolina Fire Marshals Association. He was assigned as the Operations Chief for three years prior to his last position over Support Services where he supervised the training, fire and life safety, logistics, fleet maintenance divisions, and managed the department’s annual budget. He has also worked for Wrightsville Beach Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue. In recent years he has taught nationally for Vision 20/20 and is one of their Community Risk Reduction technical advisors. He is an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy and assisted in development of a class on community risk reduction at the station level. He was heavily involved with the fire department’s accreditation process and understands the need for accurate data. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer’s Program and has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning from UNC Wilmington.