PG Deputy Fire Chief retires after nearly 23 years of service

LARGO, Md. - Prince George's County Deputy Fire Chief Dennis C. Wood at 44 years of age and nearly 23 years of service announced his retirement effective March 31, 2018.  During the most recent three years, he served the personnel that provide direct fire suppression and emergency medical services to the community as the Emergency Services Deputy Chief.  He leaves the Department with a sense of pride and accomplishment about the growth and innovation that has resulted in improved effectiveness and efficiency. 

When asked about his career, he said "Any person's goal in their employment should be to leave it better than they found it.  The combined efforts within the Department and the Baker Administration has truly accomplished that.  I am proud of our accomplishments and to have had the privilege to guide those efforts.  The Department is on an excellent path, I look forward to seeing even greater things in the future."

Deputy Chief Wood has accepted a position that allows him to serve the fire service as the Director of Operations for the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).  This opportunity allows him to follow a leadership role that can influence the effectiveness of the fire service and improve fire safety on a national level.  The NFSA seeks the "widespread acceptance of the sprinkler concept" and Prince George's County is a national leader in support of residential sprinklers, his experiences in the County will undoubtedly contribute to future successes in his new role.  

"Congratulations to Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Wood on his retirement after 23 years of dedicated service to Prince George's County,” said County Fire Chief Benjamin Barksdale. “I was happy to hear he will be taking a position with the NFSA where he will continue to serve as a residential fire sprinkler advocate not only for personnel and residents here in Prince George’s County but also around the Country."

No word yet on his replacement.

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