DeSoto City Lights January, 2019 www.desototexas.gov A Publication of the City of DeSoto Community Relations Department CHIEF OF ALL CHIEFS! DeSoto Fire Rescue Chief Jerry Dufϔield named 2019 President of Dallas County Fire Chief ’s Association The Dallas County Fire Chief’s AssociaƟon will ring in the New Year with a new President, and the respected associaƟon member that they will turn to to guide their organizaƟon in 2019 is none other than DeSoto Fire Rescue Chief Jerry Duffield. Chief Duffield, the associaƟon’s Vice‐President in 2018, was also selected as one of the associaƟon’s 2018 finalists for their annual Texas Fire Chief of the Year Award. In addiƟon to being the Fire Chief of DeSoto, Chief Jerry is our city’s Emergency Management Coordinator and the Director of the DeSoto Fire Training Center which trains fire cadets from all over the DFW area including those from other regional fire departments. By MaƩ Smith, CommunicaƟons Manager, City of DeSoto
“The Dallas County Fire Chief’s AssociaƟon is most fortunate to have DeSoto’s Fire Rescue Chief Jerry Duffield as their President for 2019,” said DeSoto Mayor CurƟstene McCowan. “No one knows firefighƟng and all of the criƟcal support services Ɵed to it any beƩer than our Chief Jerry. He will be a tremendous asset to them just as he is to us here in DeSoto.”
AddiƟonally, Chief Jerry Duffield serves as President of the Ellis Dallas Unified CooperaƟve Team (EDUCT) which combines the efforts of ten Metroplex fire rescue agencies to successfully address serious incidents by use of specialized equipment, tacƟcs, and personnel. Chief Jerry holds extensive experƟse in many key areas related to firefighƟng. He is cerƟfied as a Master Firefighter, a Master Fire Instructor, a Licensed Paramedic, and he also holds a Master of Science degree in Fire Service Leadership. Chief Jerry is a proud graduate of the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy and was also accepted by the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M for their graduate program but had to request deferral unƟl two of his children have completed their undergraduate studies. The Dallas County Fire Chief's AssociaƟon idenƟfies their main purpose as working to enhance the protecƟon of life and property threatened by fire, natural and man‐made disaster, and other emergencies by promoƟng cooperaƟon and coordinaƟon of fire, emergency medical, and other specialized emergency response capabiliƟes throughout Dallas County.
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