In November, Fire Chief Craig Dye retired after 34 years of service with the Department. Chief Dye worked his way through the ranks throughout his career and served 13 years a Fire Chief. Following his retirement, the City of Kingsport announced it would fill the position with one of the in-house applicants. The selection process involved an interview with peers from the City and also a MTAS assessment.
Assistant Chief Scott Boyd was named Fire Chief on the Department on January 24th, 2018. The press release following Chief Boyd’s appointment described some of the improvement’s he looks forward to making within the Department:
“I’m elated. This has been a lifelong dream of mine. Of course, my promotion creates a cascade of openings that will need to be filled so I’m eager to get started,” Boyd said.
“We need to improve communications within the department. With 8 stations and 24-hour shifts, it’s difficult to effectively keep everyone informed. We have tremendous talent and I’d like to better tap into that potential, asking employees to participate in updating our standard operating procedures, strategic plan, and training programs.”
This appointment will create several promotions that are expected soon.
Chief Boyd leads a department of around 120 line personnel which operate out of 8 stations.