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May 20, 2016

Chandler Fire Chief Tom DwigginsChandler names Tom Dwiggins as Fire Chief 
Chandler City Manager Marsha Reed announced that Tom Dwiggins has been selected as the City’s new Fire Chief, replacing Jeff Clark who retired in January.
“Tom offers the expertise and relationships to effectively lead our Fire, Health & Medical Department,” Reed said. “He brings unique knowledge of fire and emergency medical services and will ensure the department continues to deliver outstanding service for Chandler residents and businesses.”
Since January, Dwiggins has been the Interim Fire Chief, responsible for all operational and administrative aspects of the department.
Dwiggins was hired as a firefighter for Chandler’s Fire, Health & Medical Department in 1998. He has held every sworn position within the department, promoting through the ranks to the position of Assistant Fire Chief in 2014. He has led the emergency medical services, fire prevention, training, outreach and innovation divisions. 
In addition to his work in the fire service, Dwiggins is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as a firefighter and crew chief during his military service.
Dwiggins is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Master’s degree in organizational leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in public safety administration. He has earned the Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
In March, he competed nationwide and was one of 20 people accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute by the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The year-long leadership-development program provides new and aspiring fire chiefs with the tools they need to have successful and productive tenures. The program is funded through a grant by Motorola Solutions Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions.
He will begin his new post on May 23, 2016. The Fire, Health & Medical Chief directs and manages prevention and emergency response for fire, health and medical services. The department is internationally accredited.