Daryl W. McGinnis was appointed Chief of Fire for the City of Cleveland by Mayor Frank G. Jackson on January 18, 2013. As Chief of the Division of Fire, McGinnis works with the Department of Public Safety and the leadership of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) to advance the City of Cleveland’s goal of the integration of the Divisions of Fire and EMS, which will increase the quality of service provided to the community.
McGinnis has a history of strong leadership and a clear vision of the future. In his previous assignments within the ranks of the Division of Fire, he has championed inclusion, diversity, discipline and accountability.
A 27-year veteran of the Division of Fire, McGinnis began his career in April, 1985 as a City of Cleveland Firefighter. In 1993, McGinnis was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was responsible for assisting several company commanders in all aspects of fire suppression, scheduling of personnel and station maintenance.
Promoted to Captain in 1998, McGinnis served as commander of Ladder 36 and Engine 6. In 2002, he was promoted to the position of Battalion Chief. His first assignment was Public Education and Recruitment Officer. He implemented the smoke detector program and assisted in securing the first Fire Safety Smoke House.
In 2004, McGinnis was tasked with the duties and responsibilities of Equal Opportunity Officer for the Division of Fire. In this role, he improved communication between the Division of Fire, the City, the State of Ohio and federal agencies. He coordinated diversity, sexual harassment and performance-based training and initiated investigations into complaints.
In 2007, McGinnis was assigned Director of Training, where he was responsible for fire cadet training, continuing fire and medical education and planning division drills. In 2012, he was given the responsibility of overseeing the fire candidate screening process.
McGinnis attended John F. Kennedy High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Office Administration from Florida A&M University. In addition, he is a State of Ohio certified Fire Instructor, Certified Incident Safety Officer, Health and Safety Officer and Emergency Medical Technician.
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