City Fire Chief Named Career Fire Chief of the Year

City Fire Chief Named 2014 Career Fire Chief of the Year

June 18, 2014, Batavia, NY.   The City of Batavia Fire Chief Jim Maxwell has been selected by the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) as the 2014 Career Fire Chief of the Year.  Chief Maxwell received this award at the NYSAFC annual conference held on June 12th.

Chief MaxwellChief Maxwell started working for the City in August 2010 as a 23 year veteran of the Kodak Fire Department (KFD) Eastman Kodak Company.  During his 23 year career with the Kodak Fire Department, he is credited as serving as a HazMat Resource Tech, Senior Firefighter/EMT, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief.  Chief Maxwell has also been a volunteer firefighter with Lakeshore Fire Department and North Greece Fire Department for over 30 years.

City Manager Jason Molino said, “"Chief Maxwell is an exemplary leader that has always been focused on putting needs of the City of Batavia residents above all else.  He is forever committed to making the Batavia Fire Department the best it can be, and continues to dedicate himself to the men and women he serves with.  It has been an absolute privilege working with such a professional and accomplished leader like Jim, and I congratulate him on being honored with this award."

This award is presented to association members for demonstration of exemplary leadership that has not only benefited an individual fire department, but also the emergency services of New York State. Honorees are chosen each year based upon their exemplary leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public, and contributions to the fire service as a whole.

 About the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC):

The NYSAFC is a not for profit, service oriented organization founded in 1904 by 60 chiefs from around the state who were interested in sharing mutual concerns and solutions for the benefit of the fire service. Today, it is one of the largest fire chiefs associations in the world and its focus now encompasses the needs and concerns of all of the emergency services.

Since its inception, NYSAFC has grown to well over 12,000 members from 37 states and three countries including Canada and Bermuda. Members include individuals from all ranks and all branches of the fire service; career, volunteer, industrial, and military, in addition to personnel from the emergency medical services field and individuals who promote fire and injury prevention and safety in the public sector.