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.
Mrs. Jessi Tyler attended Lenoir Community College and completed with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. While attending she served the community at Chick-fil-A of Kinston and after 3 years of service she transitioned from a Trainer to a Shift Leader. When Mrs. Tyler completed her degree she was given an opportunity with the City of Kinston.
Mrs. Tyler began her career with the City of Kinston at the Police Department in October of 2016. She began as a Records Technician and quickly became certified to use Nationwide Databases for Law Enforcement purposes. She was also trained within the organization to use new computer systems for the local departmental uses to accurately give information to citizens who would need records, such as incident and accident reports.
Mrs. Tyler continues her business journey with the City of Kinston as the Administrative Assistant for the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue as of September 2017. She desires to serve her community well and do anything she can to help her family here at the Fire Department or out in the city.