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Chief of the Fire and Medical Services Department Adrian H. Thompson Confirmation Resolution of 2002
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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


Chairman Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

To confirm the Mayoral appointment of Mr. Adrian H. Thompson as Chief of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Chief of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department Adrian H. Thompson Confirmation Resolution of 2002".

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of

Mr. Adrian H. Thompson
1824 A Street, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003

As Chief, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, in accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979 (D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Official Code § 1523.01), to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. The resolution shall take effect immediately.

1824 A Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department

Firefighter, 1970 - 1980

  • Assigned to Engine Co. l and Ambulance 3
  • Transferred to Ambulance 6 (A-6) to the Emergency Ambulance Service upon completion of Emergency Medical Technician Course at DC Fire Department Training Academy
  • Reassigned from A-6 to Engine Co. 23 to gain experience in High Rise Fire Fighting Operations and Metro Rail Emergency Operations and Procedures
  • Selected as Wagon Driver (Technician) of Engine Co. 23

Sergeant, 1980-1983

  • Assigned to Truck Co. 10
  • Responsibilities included operational capability of the Twin Agent Unit and Foam Units on Helicopter Landings.
  • Trained in the use and application of foam and dry chemical agents in reference to aircraft incidents

Lieutenant, 1983 - 1993

  • Assigned to Engine Co. 27
  • Acquired experience and knowledge of Rail Transport Systems and Operations, and Highway Interstate Transportation Methods
  • Received instructions from PEPCO on the operations of the Electric Generating Facility with emphasis on firefighter safety
  • Reassigned to Engine Co. 4
  • Acquired experience and knowledge of Hospital Operations pertaining to Hazardous Material Storage and Use, and Firefighter and Public Safety in response to incidents in a hospital environment

Assistant Director of the Physical Capability Testing Program, 1988 - 1989

  • Coordinated the scheduling of approximately 1200 candidates with the DC Office of Personnel and trained Physical Capability Test Monitors
  • Maintained proper administration of the test by monitors and kept logistics of equipment necessary for administering the test

Captain, 1993 - 1995

  • Managed the facilities of Engine Co. 2 and Truck Co. 1, and operational capability of the Mobile Command Unit
  • Trained Truck Co. 1 personnel on the apparatus' operational capability
  • Director of Physical Capability Testing Program

Battalion Fire Chief, 1995 - 1999

  • Assigned to 2nd Battalion
  • Assigned to 3rd Battalion
  • Responsible for the management and staffing of the Battalion personnel, fireground operations, and the coordination of training in the battalion
  • Command Operations Officer of Cave-In Task Force Incident Command System / Standard Operating Procedures Revision Committee
  • Member of Item Writing Committee for the 1998 DC Fire/EMS Promotional Examination and Performance Standards Committee
  • Appointee of the DC Fire & Police Retirement Board

Deputy Fire Chief /Fire Marshal, Fire Prevention Bureau, 2000-2001

  • Managed the Fire Prevention Bureau implementation and enforcement of the DC Fire Code and related laws, assisting with and developing fire code requirements for city regulations
  • Implemented the Senior Fire Marshal Program for senior citizens and the Fire Chief's Insignia Award Program which recognizes Hotel Association of Washington, DC members for their efforts in complying with fire code requirements
  • Established a requirement for all new Inspectors assigned to the Fire Prevention Bureau to become BOCA Certified Level-I Inspectors within their first year of selection, and mid-level supervisors to become BOCA Certified Level-II within two years
  • Implemented the criteria for selecting Inspectors and Fire/Arson Investigators for the Fire Prevention Bureau
  • Served as Department's representative on the Mayor's Leadership Team for the Neighborhood Services Initiative

Assistant Fire Chief of Operations, Office of the District of Columbia Fire Chief, 2001- Present

  • Responsible for managing the daily operations of the Firefighting and Communications Divisions
  • Assist in the development of the DC Fire and EMS Departments Essential Support Functions for the District's Emergency Response Plan
  • Serve on Police and Fire Retirement Relief Board
  • Represent DC FEMS on Consequence Management Team for the Mayor


District of Columbia Fire & EMS Training Academy
  • Courses included Hazardous Materials for First Responders Level II & IV; Instructional Techniques for Company Officers; DC Fire/EMS Officers Training.
National Fire Academy
  • Course: Strategic Management of Change
  • Course: Command and Control of Fireground Operations
University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
  • Course: Trench Collapse and Rescue Training
North Carolina A & T State University
  • Coursework in Electrical Technology from 1967-1969

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