Battalion Chief Edward Cary Named as Acting Southfield Fire Chief

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(City of Southfield, April 12, 2016)

Southfield, MI -Southfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Edward Cary has been selected as the Acting Fire Chief by City Administrator Fred Zorn beginning on April 11.

Acting Fire Chief Cary has been with the Southfield Fire Department for 23 years, beginning on March 8, 1993 as a probationary firefighter. He has served in progressively-responsible supervisory positions throughout the department, including as a Line Lieutenant, Unit Captain, and B-unit Battalion Chief. Acting Chief Cary holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Development and Management from Oakland University and an associate’s degree in Applied Science and Respiratory Therapy from Macomb Community College.  He is also a UrbaneAd_04graduate of Oakland County Community College’s Fire Academy XI, Fire Fighter I, II, III, Medical First Responder, Hazmat Operation, Rope I, and Technician Trench Rescue.

“The City is currently conducting a national search to select a new permanent Fire Chief, following the sudden death of Chief Rowley last year, and the recent retirement of Acting Chief Barry White,” commented City Administrator Fred Zorn. “We hope to be able to name a new Fire Chief as quickly as possible.  I expect that this interim assignment will be of a limited duration.”

The Southfield Fire Department is presently comprised of 88 highly-trained and motivated members who serve the citizens of Southfield and Lathrup Village, as well as a daytime population estimated at 175,000. The men and women of the Southfield Fire Department respond from five fire stations strategically located within the city.  In 2014, the busiest year on record, Southfield firefighters responded to 13,470 calls for service (36.7 calls per day), and remains one of the busiest fire departments in Oakland County.

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