KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A fire and rescue chief from the East is named North Carolina Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year.
North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade was given the titled the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs.
The award is the most prestigious honor the NC Association of Fire Chiefs can bestow upon a Chief officer.
Chief Wade was given the award for his actions and leadership in his profession, home, community and country, setting an example and challenge for all other chief fire executives throughout the southeast.
“Brian has long exemplified a level of commitment to our department, our community, our state and the fire service that can serve as a model to others,” said Chris Decker, NLFR Public Information Officer. “He clearly recognizes the impact that the fire service has had on his life and career, and he has been aggressive and unselfish in giving back to others, both professionally and in his personal life.”
Chief Wade has served as the Chief of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue since 2010, and has been a member of the department since 1996.
Chief Wade also began working with Wilson Fire & Rescue Services in 2003 where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant before leaving to take a position with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal in 2013.
“Being considered for this award among such a great group of individuals is an honor and a very humbling experience,” said Wade. “I am thankful for my family that allows me the time to do what I love, and to my North Lenoir family for allowing me to be the leader of such an exceptional group of community servants. I am also thankful to my Dad for always being the best role model. This one’s for you Broom!”
Chief Wade will be submitted as the North Carolina nominee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Southeastern Fire Chief of the Year.