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Department:
Fort Rucker Fire & Emergency Services
Title/rank:
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
39
Agency structure:
Military fire department
Top issues in your department:
(1) Assuming EMS mission. (2) High turnover rate, mainly due to mandatory retirements (mandatory retirement age of 57 y.o.). (3) Considering converting from a 24 On - 24 Off schedule to a 24 On - 72 Off schedule (our department works a 72-hour week)
Professional Qualifications:
Meet all DoD certifications for Fire Chief, to include Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, Fire Inspector II, Airport Firefighter, HazMat Incident Commander.
Hold an A.A.S in Fire Science from Thomas Nelson C.C. and a B. S. in Fire Science Management from the University of Maryland, University College.
Bio:
Began fire service career as a volunteer with Kensington VFD in Montgomery County MD in 1969. Served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force as a firefighter. I have been a civilian firefighter with the U.S. Army working my way up through the ranks from firefighter to fire chief. Through my career, I have served in fire departments at Ft. Jackson, SC, Ft. Eustis, VA, Ft. Story, VA, Ft. Lee, VA, Ft. Monroe, VA, Sierra Army Depot, CA and Ft. Rucker, AL. While at Ft. Monroe, I served as the Fire Protection Specialist for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. In my current assignment I serve as the Fire Chief at Ft. Rucker, Al. Ft. Rucker is the largest fire department in the Army with a total of 239 personnel, (189 civilians and 50 Soldier/Firefighters).

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At 4:01pm on November 5, 2008, John Bierling said…
Hello Chief Collins,
I would like to send you some information about Incident Command Training which is critical to success when bad things happen. Would you please send your email address so I can send this information to you.
Thanks,
John Bierling
 
 
 

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