New Fire Chief announced for West Memphis
We are very excited to announce the appointment of Battalion Chief, Barry Ealy to the permanent position of Fire Chief for the West Memphis Fire Department.
“I am confident Chief Ealy will take this opportunity to make additional advances, innovations, and reforms to improve the culture within the department left by Chief Brewer and Chief Rose, who has been an invaluable part of the leadership team since being appointed Interim Fire Chief in June,” said Mayor McClendon.
Fire Chief Ealy will assume command of the West Memphis Fire Department effective Monday, January 4, 2021. His dedication to excellence, knowledge of the community, and most importantly, his relationships both inside the department and throughout the community will only further benefit the West Memphis Fire Department.
West Memphis Fire Department
A recognized leader and award-winning fire department that includes being listed as one of the best fire departments in the country, according to a rating on public safety labeling the department ISO Class 1.
Out of more than 47,000 fire departments in the country, there are less than 300 departments with an ISO Class 1 rating.
West Memphis Emergency Management Service
The West Memphis Fire Department would like to thank Mayor McClendon and the city council for their dedication and support to improving public safety and the emergency medical services provided by the city. The West Memphis Emergency Management Service now has a total of 7 ambulances in their fleet, equipped with the most technologically advanced equipment to better meet the needs of a more complex and evolving clinical demographic.
Proudly protecting the 28,000 people living in an area of 29 square miles. The WMFD protects a primarily residential area, plus 2 major Interstates and 3 major railroads that run through our city.
The West Memphis Fire Department was established in 1929 as a volunteer fire department. Today, the WMFD has four fire stations and is a fully paid fire department with 66 members, which include: Chief, Assistant Chief, 1 Division Chief/Fire Marshal, 1 Division Chief of Training, 1 Division Chief of EMS, 1 Fire Inspector, 3 Battalion Chief’s, 12 Lieutenants, 15 Drivers, 3 Charge Paramedics, 6 Paramedics, 18 Firefighters, 1 Fire Chief’s Secretary, 1 Secretary of Fire Records and 1 EMS Billing Clerk.
Our mission is to protect and save lives, property, and the environment from the adverse effects of fires, illness, accidents, natural disasters, and many other hazards, by promoting public fire and safety education, along with maintaining a well-equipped, highly trained and motivated workforce of professional firefighters, paramedics and rescue personnel.