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Source: Baltimore City Fire Department / Baltimore City Fire Department

While Alexandria, Virginia was looking for a permanent Fire Chief on a national scale, what they were looking for was already in place.

Alexandria acting fire chief Corey A. Smedley will step up to the role for good, becoming the first black permanent fire chief in the Virginia city’s history.

City Manager Mark B. Jinks said the City was in a Nationwide search for a new Fire Chief, when the city announced on Monday it opted to promote Smedley from his current role as acting fire chief — a position which he has held since the retirement of chief Robert C. Dubé in early July — to lead the city’s fire services permanently.

Corey A. Smedley’s long career saw him serve in various firefighting roles at the Prince George’s County, Maryland, fire department for over two decades before coming to Alexandria in 2015 as deputy fire chief for emergency preparedness.

Congratulations to Corey A. Smedley becoming Alexandria, Virginia’s first Permanent Fire Chief.