Meet the Fire Administration
Chief Locklear started with the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue in January 2019. Previous fire service experience includes affiliations with Evans Cross Roads Fire Department, Cumberland Road Fire Department, and the City of Fayetteville Fire Department. Since starting his career in 2005, Chief Locklear has been afforded the opportunity to serve in many capacities to include Suppression/Operations, Recruitment, Fire & Life Safety Education, Training, and Administration.
Chief Locklear is certified in many areas of the fire service. Some of these include; Fire Officer III, Technical Rescuer, Fire Instructor II, Fire & Life Safety Education III, Chief 101, and Emergency Medical Technician. Chief Locklear holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa.
Chief Locklear believes strongly in the current mission of the department and has placed his focus on a proactive vision for the department’s future. One that is based on continuous improvement moving forward as we provide the highest level of professional service to our customers through Pride, Proficiency & Integrity. The foundation of this vision begins with a high emphasis on Training, Physical Fitness & Mental Health, Community Involvement, Pride & Ownership, Communication, and Morale.
Deputy Fire Chief
In October of 2021, Deputy Fire Chief Jackson became the Training Captain and the Department Safety Officer within the Department of Fire and Rescue. In June of 2022, Deputy Fire Chief Jackson received his State of North Carolina Standard Certificate for Fire Inspector Level II, with his Probationary Certification as a Fire Inspector Level III. In October of 2022, he was officially promoted to the Rank of Deputy Fire Chief of the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue.
Inspector Jones has been in the Fire-Rescue-EMS service since 1997. He has worked in both the volunteer & career capacities during his 26 years of service. During his years of service, he has held various positions from a Firefighter/ EMT up to the rank of Assistant Chief as a volunteer member & from a Firefighter/ Paramedic up to the rank of Captain as a career fire service member. While serving as a Captain with his previous career department he also held the position of Deputy Fire Marshal. Inspector Jones has two AAS degrees one in Emergency Management & another in Emergency Medical Science. He is also currently furthering his education through the BS degree program in Fire & Emergency Services Administration at Fayetteville State University, & will graduate in December of 2023. Inspector Jones has a Standard Fire Inspector Level III certificate from the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, & is also a graduate of the NC Fire Prevention School. He also has various certifications through the NC Fire & Rescue Commission such as Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor II, Fire/ Arson Investigator, Fire Investigation Technician, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, Firefighter I & II, Haz-Mat Level I. He also is a credentialed Level II Paramedic Instructor as well as a Paramedic level care provider by the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services. Born & raised in Lenoir County, he resides with his wife of twenty years & their son who will graduate from South Lenoir High School as part of the Class of 2023.