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Suppression Command Staff

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FIRE-RESCUE CHIEF

Robert M. Boyd, Jr.

Fire-Rescue Chief Robert Boyd joined New Bern Fire-Rescue in 1986 as a volunteer firefighter. Following in his father’s footsteps, he joined the career forces in 1991. Promoted to Captain in 1994, Battalion Chief in 2001, Deputy Chief of Operations in 2003 and Fire-Rescue Chief in 2015. Chief Boyd’s accomplishments and certifications include: BS degree in Organizational Management, Executive Fire Officer (NFA). Chief Fire Officer Designation, Fire Officer I, North Carolina Fire Instructor, Fire Fighter II, Driver Operator, Aerial Operator, NIMS, Emergency Medical Technician, Child Safety Seat Technician, and Level I Fire Inspector.

Responsibilities: Reports directly to the City Manager. Senior Operational Officer and member of City’s Executive Management Team. Performs complex protective service and difficult administrative working directing all activities of the Fire-Rescue Department. Directs and enforces New Bern Fire-Rescue’s policies and procedures. Prepares annual budget and controls budget expenses. Makes periodic evaluations of operational tactics used to improve overall efficiency of the department and ensures compliance with city policies and state/federal regulations. Attends meetings and serves on committees, boards and agencies related to promoting fire prevention. Manages 66 fire personnel, and 2 office assistants. Responds to emergencies as needed and assumes command when appropriate, using established Incident Command procedures. Oversees Training Division to ensure compliance with all standards of accountability, policies, rules, regulations, personnel practices, training, and operational procedures. Evaluates and facilitates positive relationships between division personnel and other agencies. Plans, directs, and evaluates the operation of the fire department. Prepares and maintains appropriate records in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) and the Department of Insurance (DOI). Develops and recommends training enhancements and equipment procedures. Ensures that the facilities, equipment, and apparatus are maintained in accordance with NFPA standards. Provides fire suppression personnel with the necessary resources needed to meet the changing logistical and technological demands of fire service. Assists with the general planning and administration of fire services. Prepares and maintains appropriate records in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) and the Department of Insurance (DOI). Develops and recommends training enhancements and equipment procedures. Ensures that the facilities, equipment, and apparatus are maintained in accordance with NFPA standards. Provides fire suppression personnel with the necessary resources needed to meet the changing logistical and technological demands of fire service. Assists Human Resources in all aspects of personnel recruitment: research and development of personnel requirements and job descriptions, policy changes, advertising, agility testing; and promotional process. Handles grievance issues and procedures, and recommends disciplinary actions as required.



Position Currently Vacant
BATTALION CHIEF - A SHIFT


Position Currently Vacant
BATTALION CHIEF - B SHIFT


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Battalion Chief J. Arthur Broome
BATTALION CHIEF - C SHIFT

Battalion Chief Broome joined New Bern Fire-Rescue in 1985 as a volunteer firefighter. He then joined the career forces in 1987 as a Fire Specialist. He earned his promotion to Captain in 1992, and Battalion Chief in 2003.

As a Battalion Chief, his responsibilities are to respond to and manage all emergencies, ensuring safety and accountability. Battalion Chief Broome manages Battalion activities during his assigned 24-hour tour.

Battalion Chief Broome attends classes throughout the state, and national level as well as instructing Firefighter Survival and Rapid Intervention. He holds many certifications including North Carolina Fire Service Instructor Level II, North Carolina Fire Inspector Level I, Driver Operator Aerial & Pumps, Child Seat Technician, Medical Responder, and Anhydrous Ammonia Technician Level I.

Battalion Chief Broome was awarded Fire Department Employee of the Year in 2003. He is a member of numerous organizations, including Berne Lodge 724, York Rite Masonic Bodies of North Carolina, and Sudan Shriners.