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David Jackson to be named Portland's new Fire Chief
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- City Manager Jon Jennings is recommending David Jackson to be the next Portland Fire Chief.

Jackson has served as the Acting Chief of the department since October 20, 2015. The City Council will vote on the appointment at its February 1, 2016 meeting. Chief Jackson has been with the Portland Fire Department for more than 25 years and has more than 40 years in fire service.

“Chief Jackson’s impressive and long career with the Portland Fire Department, combined with his guidance as Acting Chief, made us realize that we had already found our next leader of the department,” said Jon Jennings, City Manager. “I’m glad that he has accepted, and I look forward to working with him as we look at innovative ways to modernize the department.”

“I’m grateful for the selection, and I look forward to continually working hard every day to meet our mission of serving this great community,” said Chief Jackson. “I have always been very proud to be part of this organization, and the outstanding service that our men and women give every day. The real work lies ahead of us as we evaluate what our fire department looks like today, and plan for what it will look like in the future.”

Jackson started with the Portland Fire Department in July 1990 as a firefighter. In 2000, he was promoted to Lieutenant serving mostly out of the Stevens Avenue station on Ladder 3. In 2004, he was promoted to Captain and assigned to Ladder 1 at Munjoy Hill and then back at Ladder 3 in 2005. In 2010, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and worked as Special Operations Chief, which focuses mainly on the Air Rescue and Marine Division operations. In 2011, he transferred on to a platoon, focusing on emergency response along with administrative duties. In June 2014, he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Emergency Operations where he oversaw all personnel that serve and respond to emergencies and department training. 

 


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