Terry Francis was announced as the new South Burlington Fire Chief on Jan. 11. Francis has served in an interim capacity since former South Burlington Fire Department Chief Douglas Brent’s retirement in June 2018. Previously, Francis served as the City’s Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshall since 2012. He will continue as fire marshall and the city will transition a senior firefighter into a fire inspector role.
“I am pleased to share this news,” said City Manager Kevin Dorn. “Terry’s nearly 40 years of experience in public safety and his six years of leadership as our deputy fire chief made him the obvious choice. We are fortunate to have a professional of Terry’s caliber leading our fire and EMS team.”
“My entire professional career has been dedicated to public safety through various roles in fire service,” said newly-named SBFD Chief Francis. “My experience in providing direct service to ‘customers’ and first-hand knowledge of the needs of the general public and our fire and EMS team is the foundation from where I lead. I am thrilled to be serving the city in this capacity.”
The SBFD provides fire suppression, emergency medicine, and fire code inspection and enforcement. With a team of 28 fire and EMS professionals, Francis oversees the more than 3,700 calls for services and 6,000 of fire and code inspections enforcement annually.