Chief Carr awarded ‘Fire Chief of the Year’

Thomas Carr

CHARLESTON - Fire Chief Thomas W. Carr, Jr. has been awarded “Career Fire Chief of the Year” by Fire Chief Magazine.

The magazine cited Carr’s leadership at both his former department in Montgomery County, Md. and the Charleston Fire Department, which he took over in 2008 following the Sofa Super Store Fire that killed nine firefighters.

The magazine will honor Carr and “Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year” award winner Chief Timothy Wall of North Wallingford, Conn., during the opening session of the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ conference in Chicago on Aug. 26.

This is the 15th year the award has been given out.

A news release from Penton Media states that the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Department became one of the most progressive departments on the East Coast because of Carr’s leadership.

Carr, a 30-year firefighter, arrived in Charleston as the department and the city were still reeling from the fatal Sofa Super Store fire.

“The task of taking the fire department from mourning to recovery was, and continues to be, a monumental endeavor,” Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said in a statement. “Chief Carr’s steady leadership, open approach, vision and personal investment in the men and women of the city of Charleston Fire Department are gently but steadily guiding the department to new greatness.”

Carr and Riley are expected to speak about the award later today.

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