Meet the Fire Administration
Donald N. Crawford
Chief Crawford graduated from Basic Law Enforcement Training in 2003 and was sworn in as a Law Enforcement Public Safety Officer with the Kinston Department of Public Safety. During our service together in the Public Safety Roles, Chief Crawford served as a Special Response Commander, for Special Response Unit 2 on the streets, doing both Firefighting and Law Enforcement, then as the Department's Recruitment/Accreditation Manager, and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in December of 2012.
The Kinston Department of Public Safety went back to their prospective Departments of Fire and Rescue and Police in July of 2016. Chief Crawford was Officially Promoted to Fire Chief of the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue and still is a sworn Law Enforcement Officer.
Chief Crawford graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College with an Associate in Fire Protection Technology.
Administration Commander Earnest L. Davis
Personnel Development and Safety Captain in 1995 and in 2010 when he received North Carolina Level II Fire Inspector Certification, was tasked with the great responsibility of keeping up with Inspections and Fire Incident Records for the Department of Fire and Rescue while still on Shift as a Front-line Fire Captain.
Commander Davis was promoted to Commander in in July of 2016 and is over the Administration Staff. His main concentration of duties involves Head of Fire Cause and Origin Investigations, Fire Inspections, Fire Incident Records, and Training and Safety.
Brian K. Roddy
Administration Captain William J. Barss
During that time Captain Barss was assigned as the Unit's Evidence Identification Technician which sparked interest in the Crime Scene Investigations. In January of 2011 Captain Barss was promoted over to Crime Laboratory Unit Detective and served for five years in that position. Captain Barss was afforded the opportunity to return to the Department of Fire and Rescue upon the split of Kinston Department of Public Safety to their perspective Departments of Fire and Rescue and Police. Captain Barss was tasked as becoming the Administration Captain and promoted to Captain in July of 2016.
Captain Barss has several functions to his role within the Department of Fire and Rescue; such as Fire Cause and Origin Investigator and is still a sworn Law Enforcement Officer, Public Information Officer, Fire-Life Safety Educator/Public Education Coordinator, Emergency Planner, Insurance Services Office (ISO) Rating Liaison Officer, and Community Relations Liaison Officer.
Captain Barss served Our Country for four years in the United States Marine Corps from August 1993 to August 1997.
Ms. Harper was a Jujitsu Student under the Marshal Arts Sensei Doc Stroud and Sensei Richie Honeycutt. Ms. Harper has a double Major Bachelor of Science Degrees from Wesleyan College of North Carolina in the fields of Psychology and Criminal Justice which she graduated in December of 2011.