GREENVILLE, NC – City of Greenville City Manager Ann Wall on Thursday announced the appointment of Carson Sanders as the new Fire Chief / Rescuer for the Greenville Fire / Rescue Service.
Sanders, who has over 31 years of fire and EMS experience, was previously the Deputy Fire Chief for the Sarasota County Fire Department in Sarasota, Florida. In this role, he oversaw all EMS operations, among other responsibilities for the 527 station department operating out of 25 stations.
“Chief Sanders brings a wealth of fire and EMS experience to this important position, and his proven track record of delivering progressive, effective and economically responsible programs will greatly benefit the department and our community,” said the City Manager. Ann Wall. “I have great confidence in his ability to lead and build on the current successes of Greenville Fire / Rescue. “
Sanders will begin his new role on February 1.
“I am honored and honored to be named Greenville’s next Fire / Rescue Chief,” said Sanders. “I look forward to working with the professional men and women of GFR and serving this vibrant and diverse community. The goal is for Greenville Fire / Rescue to become the benchmark fire and rescue organization in the region and provide elite services.
Sanders holds numerous fire and EMS certifications. He also prides himself on several accomplishments of his time as Deputy Fire Chief in Sarasota, including, but not limited to, designing and implementing a rapid response program, partnering with the Public Safety Communication Center to implement the priority dispatch of the full EMS, the creation of a new quality assurance program for the EMS, the implementation of 20 fire trucks Advanced Life Support and the implementation implementation of an internal communication platform to ensure regular communication within the service.
While in Sarasota, he also led the planning and implementation of all policies, procedures and operations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to serving as Deputy Fire Chief, he served as EMS training captain, lieutenant, firefighter, paramedic, and field training officer in Sarasota.
Since obtaining his initial firefighter certification in 1990 through the Sarasota Fire Academy, Sanders was named Fayette County Paramedic of the Year in 2000, Sarasota County Firefighter / Paramedic in 2008, and 2014 Sarasota County Officer of the Year.
In 2017, Sanders graduated from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration / EMS. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, he has three sons – John, 28, Trey, 18, and Jake, 15.
Sanders will fill the post that was left vacant in September when former chef Eric Griffin retired. Deputy Chief Brock Davenport served as Acting Fire Chief during the search for a new Chief.
“I would like to thank Deputy Chief Davenport for all of his hard work as the Acting Fire Chief, and the commitment he has shown in ensuring that the level of service from Greenville Fire / Rescue is maintained for this transition, ”Wall said.
Greenville Fire / Rescue is an internationally accredited service through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. The department is made up of approximately 161 men and women who serve in six strategically placed stations throughout the city.