Friday, September 9, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 09, 2016
CONTACT: Doug Buchanan (FEMS) 202.673.3394; [email protected]
(Washington, DC) – Today, DC Fire & EMS Chief Gregory Dean announced that he was promoting 20 members of the Department.
Battalion Fire Chief Sean Carter and John Sollers are being promoted to the rank of deputy fire chief after completing an internal competitive selection process. DFC Sollers will lead the 4th Platoon in the Operations Division, while DFC Carter will take control of the Department’s Professional Standards Office. Current Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite will head up the Risk Management Division, where he will sharpen the agency’s focus on preventing injuries, illnesses and other risks to the Department’s workforce.
“All of the promotions are well earned. We have some of the hardest working and brightest members I have ever had the honor of serving with,” Chief Dean said.
Captain Ed Smith is now Battalion Fire Chief Smith after also going through a competitive process. BFC Smith is the longtime president of International Association of Firefighters, Local No. 36. Chief Dean praised Battalion Fire Chief Smith’s ability to lead.
“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Ed Smith since arriving in Washington. We have worked together at providing the best and safest work environment for our members,” said Chief Dean. “I now look forward to welcoming Chief Smith to this side of the command staff, where our goals will remain the same.”
Lieutenant Kishia Clemencia and Queen Anunay are being promoted to the rank of captain. Both women are long time FEMS members and proven leaders.
Deputy Fire Chief Rafael Sa’adah is being reassigned to the FEMS Training Academy, where he will utilize his wealth of EMS, policy and Departmental expertise to spearhead Chief Dean’s top priority – delivering high caliber training in all Departmental disciplines. Deputy Chief Sherrod Thomas will leave the Training Academy to step into the role of Deputy Chief for EMS, where he will lend his training and operational background to the Department’s ongoing efforts to enhance the Department’s delivery of EMS.
“The promotions and reassignments are a clear signal of just how many strong leaders this Department has,” added Chief Dean, “along with my continued commitment to ensure we have some of the best people paving the way for the recruits and cadets in our training process.”
All of the promotions and reassignments take effect on September 18, 2016.