Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department recently filled two vacant positions within the department.
Driver Jeff Wright was promoted to Medical Training Coordinator and Assistant Fire Marshal Carl Peas was promoted to Fire Marshal.
Wright's promotion goes into effect December 14. He will be responsible for providing personnel with mandated training and instruction for medical services within the department, and assisting with future developments of the emergency medical services.
"This is an exciting time to be named to this position," Wright said. "I look forward to working with our Administration to advance our medical capabilities at MFRD." Wright began his career with MFRD in February 2002, and was instrumental in MFRD's implementation of a first responder program.
He is a certified Paramedic (EMT-P) and has worked with the Smithville Fire Department for 29 years (30 in February). He assists with their training and also serves as an instructor for Dekalb County Emergency Medical Service.
Peas' promotion will be effective December 28. As Fire Marshal, he will be responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and directing all the activities of the Fire Prevention Division. He will also enforce fire and building codes and city ordinances.
"It was a tremendous honor to be selected for this position," said Peas. "I'm elated at the opportunity to serve Murfreesboro in this capacity."
Peas has been with MFRD since November 1988. During his career, he had a major role in several projects including acquiring the Fire Safe House, a Fire Investigation Trailer, smoke alarms for the hearing and visually impaired, and most notable, the addition of the department's Child Safety Seat program.
He is an Instructor with the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) in Deason, Tennessee and teaches Live Burn, Fire & Life Safety Educator I and II, Juvenile Firesetter I & II, and various other courses under the arson curriculum. He has served as President of the following organizations: Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, and the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson.
"These two gentlemen stood out among several qualified applicants," said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. "I am confident that Jeff and Carl will be assets to the department in their respective divisions. MFRD is very blessed to have such a quality group of professional men and women to serve this city."