THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville Fire Department announced this week the promotion of Battalion Chief Jason Myers to the rank of assistant chief of operations.
TFD’s assistant chief position became available after Eddie Bowling was promoted to fire chief following the retirement of Martin Dailey. Bowling said Myers is well-respected by his peers and the community. He believes the transition will create further stability for a department in transition.
“The department has been through some challenging times with the transition of leadership staff,” Bowling said. “We had three retirees as of Dec. 31. One was the former fire chief [Dailey]. Then we also had two division chiefs, one fire marshal, Rocky Watts, and the other was our division chief of fire and life safety, Dolly Hulin. It’s taken a little bit of time to get our leadership back in place. We are excited about this challenging time. It feels really good to have an assistant chief in place so that we can continue with the momentum we started to establish.”
Myers has progressed through the ranks of firefighter, fire equipment operator, captain and battalion chief. As battalion chief, Myers was responsible for overseeing one of the three shifts that rotate coverage in the city.
Presented with a role that involves an opportunity for growing his sphere of influence to include 57 members of the department’s personnel, Myers said he was eager to get started in leading a group of devoted firefighters.
“We are looking at every decision that we make as a department, to measure the impact it is making on the citizens — to make sure the decisions we make are beneficial to the citizens we serve,” Myers said. “As a leadership team, the administrative team of the fire department is looking to work together in every aspect of that decision making to make sure that we are providing the best services we can to the citizens of Thomasville.”
Myers moved to the Thomasville area in 1992 and is a graduate of East Davidson High School. He earned a diploma in mechanical drafting from Davidson County Community College. After beginning his fire service career, Myers decided to continue his education and received an
Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College.
Myers received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Emergency Service Management from Fayetteville State University. He began his fire service tenure serving as a volunteer firefighter with Silver Valley Fire Department.
Shortly thereafter, he joined Fair Grove Fire Department as a part-time firefighter and has been with Fair Grove for 24 years. Myers has a variety of fire service certifications, including NC Firefighter, NC Driver Operator, NC Fire Officer I, II and III, NC Instructor, NC Technical Rescuer with Specialties and NC Emergency Medical Technician.
He has attended the Fire & Rescue Management Institute offered through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Continuing Education Office, recently completing the North Carolina Chief Officers Executive Development Program offered through the NC Association of Fire Chiefs.
“Jason has served as a very strong leader in the department for a very long time,” Bowling said. “Having progressed through the ranks, he has an intimate knowledge of the fire department and of fire service in general. He’s very strong in emotional intelligence; he’s very strong in strategic planning, and he’s very well liked in the department.”
In his new role, Myers will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the suppression division. He will also serve as the safety director for the city of Thomasville. Myers currently resides in Thomasville with his wife, Jennifer.
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