Monday, August 5, 2013

Deputy fire chief heading for Washington

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Tommy Smith, the Colorado Springs deputy fire chief who has served as interim chief since Rich Brown stepped down in April, has accepted the job of fire chief in Redmond, Wash.

"I have not determined my last date with CSFD yet," he writes in a text message, adding it probably will coincide with the start date of the Springs new fire chief Chris Riley of Pueblo.

Here's his bio from the city's website:

Chief Smith began his fire service career in 1991 with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. Tommy has served in many positions during his career that include firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief with work assignments in the Operations Division, Medical Division, and Training Division. As Deputy Chief, Tommy will oversee Support Services which includes the Training Division, Medical Division, Division of the Fire Marshal, Fleet and Facilities, Human Resources, Public Communications and Community Education. Chief Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management in Human Resources. Tommy has been married to his wife, Andrea, for 21 years and has three daughters.

Smith said his decision to go elsewhere was difficult. "I love our people. Serving as the interim chief has been an honor and pleasure," he says via text. "I am happy and sad but CSFD is strong and the leadership will keep the department heading in the right direction."

Smith will replace a chief who announced his retirement in January.

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