North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Completes International Professional Designation Process

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Tyler Moore has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Training Officer” (CTO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on October 17, 2017 to officially confer the designation upon Deputy Chief Moore. Deputy Chief Moore is one of only 110 CTO’s worldwide, and one of only seven in the state of North Carolina.

The Designation program is a voluntary program designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competence. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

The CTO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) awards the designation only after an individual successfully meets all the organization’s stringent criteria.

Achieving this designation signifies Deputy Chief Moore commitment to his career in the fire and emergency services.

This professional designation is valid for three years. Maintaining the designation requires recipients to show continued growth in the areas of professional development, professional contributions, active association membership and community involvement as well as adhere to strict code of professional conduct.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about CPC, visit www.cpse.org.

Deputy Chief Moore has served with North Lenoir Fire & Rescue since 2006 and has been instrumental in developing the department’s Delivery Agency.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade named 2017 IAFC Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year

Press release from the IAFC (Source: https://www.iafc.org/press-releases/press-release/pierce-manufacturing-iafc-honor-2017-fire-chiefs-of-the-year)

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and Pierce Manufacturing Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE: OSK) company, today announced the 2017 winners of the annual “IAFC Fire Chief of the Year” awards at Fire-Rescue International (FRI) in Charlotte, N.C. Career Fire Chief Marvin Riggins of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department in Macon, Georgia and Volunteer Fire Chief Brian Wade of the North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Department in Kinston, N.C. are this year’s honorees.

A committee appointed by the IAFC selects the award recipients, evaluating the nominees based on leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity and contributions to the fire service as a whole. Sponsored by Pierce, the awards will be presented July 27 during FRI’s general session at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C.

“The leadership and integrity modeled by Chief Wade and Chief Riggins are truly an inspiration to us all and to the fire service, reminding us of the crucial function of fire departments in society today,” said Jim Johnson, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of the Fire & Emergency segment and Pierce Manufacturing. “Together, these leaders have nearly 60 years of dedicated service to their departments and the communities they serve. It is an honor to bestow these awards, and all of us at Pierce congratulate Chiefs Riggins and Wade!”

Both honorees are highly accomplished individuals with impressive career, educational, and certification credentials as well as civic involvement; their commitment to the fire service and their communities is evidenced by numerous awards they’ve received and the accolades offered in support of their nominations. Following are just a few highlights.

Volunteer Fire Chief Honoree – Brian Wade of the North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Department in Kinston, N.C. 

Chief Wade joined the North Lenoir Fire & Rescue department in 1996. He began as firefighter and rose through the department ranks as a captain, battalion chief, and assistant chief before being named fire chief in 2010. Wade graduated with honors with an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology from Wilson Technical Community College, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science with a concentration in fire service management from Fayetteville State University. Wade has always been a strong supporter of training and certification. He was named, in 2013, a Fire/Rescue Training Specialist by the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal, for whom he has led training programs across the state. He also served as a fire and rescue instructor for a decade at Lenoir Community College. Wade sought to make training a priority in the department, as well. The department, under the leadership of Chief Wade, is creating one of the premier training facilities in the region – complete with a dedicated flashover simulator, T-box burn simulator, and a training tower. More recently, Chief Wade is implementing an officer and leadership development program to cultivate the growth and skills of his fellow department members. As fire chief, Wade has advanced the department’s mission and enhanced its community engagement efforts. An outstanding communicator and writer, Chief Wade secured Fire Act Grants for his department in 2007, 2009, and 2014 totaling more than $900,000. Chief Wade’s accomplishments have not gone unnoticed: in 2016, he was recognized as the IAFC Southeast Region Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. As Wade received this honor, George Smith, III, the president of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue, in acknowledging the legacy Wade will leave the department, noted that “the fire service desperately needs more leaders like Chief Wade.” A shining example of leadership in action, Chief Wade is a deserving recipient of Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Receives Scholarship

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Tyler Moore was recently selected as a recipient of a $4,000 scholarship from the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS. Deputy Chief Moore is currently attending UNC Fayetteville State where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration. He currently holds a 4.0 GPA and plans to complete his degree in the Fall of 2019.

Deputy Chief Moore is excited about receiving the scholarship. “I’m honored to be named as a recipient of the NCAREMS scholarship this year,” he said. “I would like to thank the selection committee and my wife Brittany for her continued support.”

Each year, the North Carolina Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services awards thirty $4,000.00 scholarships to thirty eligible members who will enroll in a four  year course of study at a North Carolina college or university beginning in the Fall after receiving the scholarship.

Awards shall be based upon the student’s scholastic achievement, intellectual ability, financial need, character and promise of future contribution to our State and Nation. This Awards Program provides $975,000.00 per year in scholarships to 480 children of eligible members and members of rescue squads and emergency medical services in North Carolina.

For more information about the scholarship awards program, please visit the NCAREMS website at www.ncarems.org.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief selected as SEAFC Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year

ChiefWade_ChiefoftheYearNorth Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade has been selected as the 2016 Volunteer Fire Chief of The Year by the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, a division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The award was conceived to recognize truly outstanding Fire Chiefs whose actions and leadership in their profession, home, community and country, serve as an example and challenge for all other Chief fire executives throughout the southeast, and is the most prestigious honor the SEAFC can bestow upon a Chief officer. Wade was selected for his leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and contributions to the fire service as a whole.

“Chief Wade is a shining example of a great leader in the fire service. His dedication and commitment to our department, our community, our state and the fire service as a whole serves as a model to other leaders in our field,” said Chris Decker, NLFR Public Information Officer. “He clearly recognizes the impact that the fire service has had on his life and career, and he has been aggressive and unselfish in giving back to others, both professionally and in his personal life.”

Brian has served as the Chief of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue since 2010, and has been a member of the department since 1996. Chief Wade also began working with Wilson Fire & Rescue Services in 2003 where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant before leaving to take a position with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal in 2013. Wade was named North Carolina Volunteer Chief of the Year in February by the NC Association of Fire Chiefs.

“Every Chief hopes to leave a legacy of their leadership. Our department and our community can rest assured that Chief Wade’s many contributions to our organization will extend well into the future,” said NLFR President George Smith, III. “The fire service desperately needs more leaders like Chief Wade, and we are thoroughly pleased that he has been recognized for his service.”

NLFR Chief Brian Wade expressed his appreciation for receiving this honor. “I’m very humbled and honored to be considered for this award among such an excellent pool of my peers in the fire service,” Brian said. “I am thankful for my family that allows me the time to do what I love and for the support of my North Lenoir Fire & Rescue family. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve with such an exceptional group of community servants. I am also thankful to my Dad for always being a wonderful role model for me.”

The SEAFC is a division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs serving 10 states. The organization’s mission is to provide leadership to career and volunteer fire service leaders, managers of emergency services organizations, and persons interested in saving life, protecting property, mitigating, and responding to all hazards that threaten the well-being of our neighbors throughout the southeastern region of the Association through vision, information, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Completes International Professional Designation Process

Chief WadeNorth Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” (CFO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on May 10, 2016, to officially confer the designation upon Chief Wade. Chief Wade is one of only 1,146 CFO’s worldwide.

The CPC awards the CFO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession, and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan.

Chief Brian Wade has a rich knowledge of the emergency services profession and has far surpassed critical core competencies for personnel serving in senior fire officer positions.

The CFO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc., (CPSE) administers the CFO Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. To learn more about CPC, visit www.publicsafetyexcellence.org.

Chief Brian Wade has served as the Chief of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue since 2010, and has been a member of the department since 1996.

NLFR Chief Brian Wade Named NC Volunteer Chief of the Year

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Chief Jake Whisnant, NCAFC President (left) presents NLFR Chief Brian Wade with the NCAFC Volunteer Chief of the Year Helmet

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade has been named the 2016 North Carolina Volunteer Fire Chief of The Year by the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs. The award is the most prestigious honor the NC Association of Fire Chiefs can bestow upon a Chief officer and was conceived to recognize truly outstanding Fire Chiefs whose actions and leadership in their profession, home, community and country, serve as an example and challenge for all other Chief fire executives throughout the southeast.

“Brian has long exemplified a level of commitment to our department, our community, our state and the fire service that can serve as a model to others,” said Chris Decker, NLFR Public Information Officer. “He clearly recognizes the impact that the fire service has had on his life and career, and he has been aggressive and unselfish in giving back to others, both professionally and in his personal life.”

Brian has served as the Chief of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue since 2010, and has been a member of the department since 1996. Chief Wade also began working with Wilson Fire & Rescue Services in 2003 where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant before leaving to take a position with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal in 2013.

“I believe this award is very fitting and well deserved in recognition for Chief Wade’s commitment, dedication, and sacrifices that have been made for our district and the fire service,” said Franklin Floyd, NLFR Treasurer.

NLFR Chief Brian Wade expressed his appreciation for receiving this honor. “Being considered for this award among such a great group of individuals is an honor and a very humbling experience,” Brian said. “I am thankful for my family that allows me the time to do what I love, and to my North Lenoir family for allowing me to be the leader of such an exceptional group of community servants. I am also thankful to my Dad for always being the best role model. This one’s for you Broom!”

Chief Wade will be submitted as the North Carolina nominee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Southeastern Fire Chief of the Year.

The mission of the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs is to provide a wide range of programs designed to meet the needs and enhance the skills of fire service managers, according to the newsletter, so they may better protect and educate the fire service and public from the adverse effects of fire, sudden medical emergencies or exposure of dangerous conditions created by either man or nature.

Firefighter Spotlight – August 2015 – Trey Lang

treylangName: Trey Lang

Rank: Firefighter

Date Joined: December 2013

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

When I was a kid I remember riding by the station and wanting to be a firefighter. I thought it would be so cool to fight fire and help my community.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

I enjoy being around my brothers and learning new things.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy riding four wheelers, going to the beach, fishing and hunting.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

Have fun and never turn down training opportunities.

 

Firefighter Spotlight – July 2015 – Brandon Ward

brandonwardName: Brandon Ward

Rank: Firefighter

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

To serve the people of my community.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

The brotherhood and camaraderie of the department.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love going to the range and firing weapons of all types.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?

I am a member of Richard Caswell #705 Masonic lodge and a member of the Lenoir County Shriners.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I have traveled to 7 different countries.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

Make sure you have the time to devote to the department. The community depends on us to be well trained and to answer the call no matter what time day or night.

Tell us about your family:

I have been married to my wife Misty for ten years and we have two girls. My oldest is 9 and my youngest is 3.

Firefighter Spotlight – June 2015 – Danny Smith

dannysmithsrName: Danny Smith

Rank: Firefighter, Past Chief

 

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

When I was a little boy Uncle George would have me fill up the trucks with a water hose and he would always give me a Mountain Dew for doing that.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

North Lenoir is fast on response and very dependable. Great deal for the tax payers.

What do you like to do for fun?

Get in the motorhome and ride.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?

GTP Board of Directors and GTP Land Use Committee.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

If you’re not going to be committed, don’t join.

Tell us about your family:

I’m married to Myra. I have one son – Danny, Jr. – and 4 Daughters – Missy, Kristen, Kayla, Kelsey.  I also have 4 Grandchildren – Allyson, Lindsey, Woods, and Wade.

Firefighter Spotlight – May 2015 – Kristen McKinley

kristenmckinleyName: Kristin McKinley

Rank: Firefighter, Board Member

Date Joined: 2010

Why did you join North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

Once I decided that I really wanted to become a firefighter, at age 42, I was told that if I wanted to learn and train hard then North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was where I needed to be. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

What do you like most about North Lenoir Fire & Rescue?

That so many different personalities can work together effectively with the common goal of helping someone on the worst day of their life.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to read, swim, work out, and spend time with my family.

What community activities are you involved in outside of the fire department?

I help out at The Kinston Community Council for the Arts whenever they need me.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am also an artist.

What advice would you give someone interested in joining the fire service?

It’s more work than people understand. There are classes along with the physical training and running calls. It is a commitment. The fire service changes how you see the world around you. If someone wants to join they need to take it seriously and respect the knowledge that the more experienced members share with them. That knowledge is priceless.

Tell us about your family:

I have been married to my husband Paul for over 23 years and we have 2 children. My son Max is 17 years old and is a junior firefighter. My daughter Molly is 23 years old and lives and works in Raleigh. We also have an 8 year old fur baby named Crash. He loves watching TV and is afraid of cats.