City of Oak Ridge Fire Chief Darryl Kerley announced today the promotion of Marty Griffith to fill the position of Battalion Chief in the Oak Ridge Fire Department. The position of Battalion Chief was vacated recently due to a retirement.

Chief Griffith brings over 14 years of experience in fire, rescue and emergency medical services to the position, serving in public, private, municipal and volunteer organizations. He has served the Oak Ridge Fire Department as the Tennessee Commission on Fire Fighting Department Training Officer.

Prior to becoming an Oak Ridge resident, he served as a firefighter with the Blair Volunteer Fire Department and as a firefighter for the City of Maryville. He is a licensed paramedic and state certified Fire Officer II. Chief Griffith also maintains a State of Tennessee license as a Registered Nurse and works part-time at the University of Tennessee Hospital Emergency Department. He has attended numerous classes in fire suppression, firefighter rescue and command and control of emergency incidents. He is currently completing a 2-week National Fire Academy class in Chemistry for Hazardous Materials Response, as he works toward his Hazardous Materials Specialist Certification through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Griffith was selected from a field of five internal candidates who expressed a desire to serve as Battalion Chief.

Chief Kerley said: "it was a difficult decision based on the amount of talent and experience within the Oak Ridge Fire Department. We have many outstanding leaders within our organization. Chief Griffith brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and technical experience to the department, which will be very beneficial to daily operations and to our community."

Chief Griffith’s appointment was effective Monday September 17, 2012. Chief Griffith will oversee the 24 hour shift operations of the four stations and emergency response personnel on C-Shift.

For additional information contact: Fire Chief Darryl Kerley 865-755-6356

News media contact: Candice Brown (865) 425-3546 or cbrown@oakridgetn.gov.

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