Town Manager Martha Paige has announced the appointment of M. Foy Jenkins II as Fire Chief for the Town of Morrisville. Jenkins, currently the Special Operations Chief with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department, Miami-Dade County, Florida, was selected from a field of 30 candidates. He was identified as one of the top candidates during a comprehensive assessment center process held in late 2016.
“Chief Jenkins’ proven fire service leadership experience makes him the right person for this job,” said Paige. “His forward thinking approach to address complex problems in the fire service and the positive impact he has had on improving firefighter safety convinced me that he was the right person to lead the Fire Department.”
Jenkins, from New Bern, NC, started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter at West New Bern Volunteer Fire Department while in high school. He brings 34 years of progressive fire service experience to the Town with certifications as a firefighter, paramedic, technical rescuer and hazmat technician. He is a Federal Emergency Management Agency/Department of Homeland Security Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Leader and has participated in several national and international deployments. Jenkins holds a BS in Emergency Medical Care from Western Carolina University.
Jenkins has led several initiatives to improve firefighter safety. Under his leadership, the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department was one of the first metro size fire departments to issue thermal imaging cameras, portable radios and flashlights to every assigned firefighter on all fire trucks. Relocating air packs from the crew cab area to the rear of fire truck has become a standard apparatus specification under Jenkins’ leadership. Gross scene decontamination and the issuance of a clean set of turn out gear at every fire is also a standard practice in Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department. Jenkins will continue to focus on firefighter safety and training in Morrisville.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to lead such a great organization,” said Jenkins. “The level of professionalism that I have seen in every staff member helped me to realize that Morrisville is the place that I want to start the next chapter of my career that has spanned almost 35 years.”
Jenkins hobbies includes hunting and fishing. Jenkins will begin work with the Town of Morrisville on May 8.