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☷ Collierville Tennessee - John Selberg to be appointed as Town Fire Chief
Collierville , state Tennessee ( By Press Release office)
The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will name John Selberg as the new Fire Chief for the Collierville Fire Department at the April 25 , 2022 BMA meeting; see the agenda
. Selberg has over 40 years of experience working in a fire department starting as a firefighter and most recently serving as the Fire Chief for the City of Germantown .
Selberg began his career in Germantown as a volunteer firefighter in 1977 . Just a few years later , he was hired by the City of Germantown as a firefighter/driver and continued to climb the ranks in the department . He served as a Germantown Fire Department Lieutenant , Battalion Chief , Fire Marshal , Assistant Fire Chief , and most recently , as the Fire Chief . In his 11 years as the Germantown Fire Chief , he managed a staff of 92 full - time staff and 20 reserve personnel . He also served as the Emergency Management Director for the City of Germantown . In his emergency management role , he worked with the Town of Collierville as the lead for the municipalities’ joint COVID - 19 vaccination site at Germantown Baptist Church .
Along with his field experience with the Fire Department , Selberg holds bachelor and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Memphis . He also earned an Executive Fire Officer Certificate from the National Fire Academy . The Executive Fire Officer Program provides senior officers with an understanding of the need to transform fire and emergency services organizations from being reactive to proactive .
Selberg has collected an impressive list of awards and accomplishments throughout his firefighting career . He’s been named Firefighter of the Year from the Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus organizations in Germantown , received a Governor’s First Responder Award through the state’s office of Homeland Security , and served as a President of the Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association . He has spent time as a task force leader for the Tennessee Urban Search and Rescue Task Force One with deployments ranging from the Pentagon on September 11 , 2001 , to multiple hurricane responses including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 .
Selberg made significant contributions to fire protection , prevention , and emergency services throughout his tenure with the City of Germantown . Under his leadership , the Germantown Fire Department received an Insurance Services Office ( ISO ) 1 Classification , which is the top rating representing an exemplary fire suppression program . Selberg also oversaw the implementation of Germantown’s ambulance service , which will be a priority for him as the Town begins managing ambulance service this summer .
After 44 years with the Collierville First Department , Buddy Billings , the Town’s current Fire Chief , will be retiring on July 1 , 2022 . Selberg will step into the role of the Town’s Fire Chief at this time .
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