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County Executive Gardner Appoints Fox as Deputy Fire Chief and Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue

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Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner is pleased announce the appointment of Kevin Fox as Deputy Fire Chief and Director of the Division of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services. The County Council confirmed Mr. Fox’s appointment today.

“Kevin brings years of experience in both the volunteer and career fire service,” Executive Gardner said. “He is well-respected professional and will hit the ground running. As the Director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services, he will be able to listen to the many needs of volunteers around the county, represent their interests, and build consensus on complex issues. I am confident Kevin Fox will do an outstanding job for the citizens of Frederick County.”

As director of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services, Fox will support the work of, and coordinate with, Frederick County’s volunteer fire and rescue companies. Fox has served as acting director since December 2017, when Clarence “Chip” Jewell retired. Fox was selected through an open recruitment process. Candidates were screened by a panel of both county staff and representatives of the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Executive Committee.

Fox has extensive knowledge of both the career and volunteer sides of emergency services. He has volunteered as an EMT and firefighter for more than 30 years, serving in numerous leadership positions, including as past president of the Thurmont Community Ambulance Service and vice president of Guardian Hose. Fox has worked for Frederick County Government since 1990, first as an emergency communications dispatcher, and then, in 1999, as a firefighter with the Division of Fire and Rescue Services. For the past four years, Fox has been the division’s spokesperson. In 2015, he was promoted to battalion chief. Fox also teaches part time for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.

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