Fire Department appoints new assistant fire chief of administration

Published on March 12, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Fire Chief John Lehman has promoted Captain Brad Brown, strategic planning officer, to the rank of assistant fire chief of administration.

“Assistant Chief Brown has demonstrated the skills, commitment and high professionalism we need as we integrate this new position into our organization,” Chief Lehman said. “I look forward to him joining our command staff as we continue to serve our community’s public safety needs.”

Assistant Chief Brown entered the fire service as a volunteer in 1996 in his home state of North Carolina. He was hired as a full-time firefighter in 1999 by the Greensboro Fire Department. In 2003, Brown moved to Grand Rapids and was hired as a firefighter. He was promoted to strategic planning officer in 2011.  In 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant and subsequently captain of the planning division, where he led the organization to ISO class 2 status and ultimately accredited status in 2016 by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Nationwide, only 239 fire departments have achieved this status.

Assistant Chief Brown has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwood University and a master’s degree in executive fire leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is pursuing a doctor of education in organizational leadership and development from Cornerstone University. He also is certified as a Fire Officer III and has earned Executive Fire Officer certification from the National Fire Academy and Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Assistant Chief Brown also serves on the National Fire Protection 1710 committee, which provides standards for the organization and deployment of fire suppression, emergency medical and special operations for fire departments across the U.S. He is a recent recipient of the CPSE’s Ray Picard Award, an annual award that recognizes individual superior leadership and outstanding contribution to the Commission on Fire Accreditation International and the accreditation of fire departments.