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Mayor Announces Appointment of
Adrian Thompson as Interim Fire and EMS Chief
June 27, 2002




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Thursday, June 27, 2002
CONTACT: Tony Bullock
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Mayor Announces Appointment of Interim DC FireEMS Chief
Veteran and Current Assistant Chief Adrian Thompson Chosen

(Washington, DC) Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced the appointment of Assistant Fire Chief Adrian Thompson to the post of Interim Chief for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FireEMS). The current FireEMS Chief, Ronnie Few, has resigned his post effective July 31, 2002. Effective immediately, Chief Thompson will assume responsibility for the day to day operations and management of the Department. Chief Few and Chief Thompson will work together closely through this transition to ensure continuity of operations.

Chief Thompson is a lifelong DC resident and a 32-year veteran of the DC FireEMS Department. He began his career in 1970 and has risen through the ranks from firefighter to sergeant in 1980, to lieutenant in 1983, to Captain in 1993, to Battalion Fire Chief in 1995, and to Deputy Chief in 1999. He also served as Assistant Director of the Physical Capability Testing Program in 1988-1989.

In April 2001, Chief Few appointed Chief Thompson to the post of Assistant Chief of Operations. In that capacity, Chief Thompson is responsible for fire suppression, support services and general oversight of all operations.

"Adrian Thompson is a dedicated and capable leader in the Department. He has served this city for more than three decades. I am very pleased that he has agreed to help us through this transition," Mayor Williams stated today. "While there has been much progress in the Department in recent years, there are many significant challenges still ahead, particularly in these post-September 11th times. Chief Thompson is the right person to continue to move the Department forward, facing these challenges head on and ensuring that DC FireEMS is up to the task of protecting our city."

Chief Thompson noted that he is "honored to have been chosen to serve the citizens of the District of Columbia in this new capacity." Among his top priorities, Chief Thompson identified training needs for front line employees and management, continuing improvements in the response time for advanced life support, fire prevention programs, and special operations. Chief Thompson reaffirmed his commitment to investing in the employees of the Department stating, "these women and men are some of the finest firefighters and emergency medical professionals in the country. They need and deserve state-of-the-art equipment and apparatus, and rigorous training if they are going to protect the Nation’s Capital in these challenging times."

Mayor Williams will appoint a search committee with representatives from the District government, including FireEMS and community representatives, to recommend candidates for a permanent replacement for Chief Few.

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1824 A Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department

Firefighter 1970 - 1980

Assigned to Engine Co. 1 and Ambulance 3

Transferred to Ambulance 6 (A-6) to the Emergency Ambulance Service upon completion of Emergency Medical Technician Course at DC Fire Department Training Academy

Reassigned from A-6 to Engine Co. 23 to gain experience in High Rise Fire Fighting Operations and Metro Rail Emergency Operations and Procedures

Selected as Wagon Driver (Technician) of Engine Co. 23

Sergeant 1980 - 1983

Assigned to Truck Co. 10

Responsibilities included operational capability of the Twin Agent Unit and Foam Units on Helicopter Landings.

Trained in the use and application of foam and dry chemical agents in reference to aircraft incidents

Lieutenant 1983 - 1993

Assigned to Engine Co. 27

Acquired experience and knowledge of Rail Transport Systems and Operations, and Highway Interstate Transportation Methods

Received instructions from PEPCO on the operations of the Electric Generating Facility with emphasis on firefighter safety

Reassigned to Engine Co. 4

Acquired experience and knowledge of Hospital Operations pertaining to Hazardous Material Storage and Use, and Firefighter and Public Safety in response to incidents in a hospital environment

Assistant Director of the Physical Capability Testing Program (1988 – 1989)

Coordinated the scheduling of approximately 1200 candidates with the DC Office of Personnel and trained Physical Capability Test Monitors

Maintained proper administration of the test by monitors and kept logistics of equipment necessary for administering the test

Captain 1993 - 1995

Managed the facilities of Engine Co. 2 and Truck Co. 1, and operational capability of the Mobile Command Unit

Trained Truck Co. 1 personnel on the apparatus’ operational capability

Director of Physical Capability Testing Program

Battalion Fire Chief 1995 - 1999

Assigned to 2nd Battalion

Assigned to 3rd Battalion

Responsible for the management and staffing of the Battalion personnel, fireground operations, and the coordination of training in the battalion

Command Operations Officer of Cave-In Task Force Incident Command System / Standard Operating Procedures Revision Committee

Member of Item Writing Committee for the 1998 DC Fire/EMS Promotional Examination and Performance Standards Committee

Appointee of the DC Fire & Police Retirement Board

Deputy Fire Chief / Fire Marshal

Fire Prevention Bureau 1999 - 2001

Managed the Fire Prevention Bureau implementation and enforcement of the DC Fire Code and related laws, assisting with and developing fire code requirements for city regulations

Implemented the Senior Fire Marshal Program for senior citizens and the Fire Chief’s Insignia Award Program which recognizes Hotel Association of Washington, DC members for their efforts in complying with fire code requirements

Established a requirement for all new Inspectors assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau to become BOCA Certified Level-I Inspectors within their first year of selection, and mid-level supervisors to become BOCA Certified Level -II within two years

Implemented the criteria for selecting Inspectors and Fire/Arson Investigators for the Fire Prevention Bureau

Served as Department’s representative on the Mayor’s Leadership Team for the Neighborhood Services Initiative

Assistant Fire Chief of Operations 2001 - Present

Office of the District of Columbia Fire Chief

  • Responsible for managing the daily operations of the Firefighting and Communications Divisions
  • Assist in the development of the DC Fire and EMS Departments Essential Support Functions for the District’s Emergency Response Plan
  • Serve on Police and Fire Retirement Relief Board
  • Represent DC FEMS on Consequence Management Team for the Mayor


District of Columbia Fire & EMS Training Academy

Courses included Hazardous Materials for First Responders Level II & IV; Instructional Techniques for Company Officers; Domestic Terrorism Instructional Workshop conducted by Fire Chiefs Committee of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and DC Fire/EMS Officers Training

National Fire Academy

Course: Strategic Management of Change
Course: Command and Control of Fireground Operations

University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

Course: Trench Collapse and Rescue Training

North Carolina A & T State University

Coursework in Electrical Technology from 1967-1969

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