April 8, 2022
Fire chief announces promotions
Johnson City Fire Chief David Bell on Friday announced multiple promotions within the department. The promotions will be instrumental in the future development of the Fire Department as they include several key positions. All promotions are effective Saturday, April 9.
Mark Beasley has been promoted to deputy chief. A 24-year veteran of the Johnson City Fire Department, Beasley has served as a firefighter, driver/engineer, lieutenant, and district chief. His educational background has focused on many emergency service fields and general studies. Additionally, he attended the National Fire Academy for command, management, and communication courses. He holds Tennessee State Certifications in Fire Officer, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, AEMT, and Hazmat Specialist. He has served as the program manager for special operations and the OSHA Compliance Officer for the department. He is a Rope Rescue and Confined Space instructor for the JCFD and teaches as an adjunct instructor for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.
Wade Hardin has been promoted to district chief. A member of the Johnson City Fire Department for more than 27 years, Hardin served as interim district chief for the last 16 months. Prior to that role he served as a firefighter, driver/engineer, and lieutenant. Hardin has obtained state certifications in Fire Officer III, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, Incident Safety Officer, Haz-Mat Specialist, and EMT. He has attended many courses in fire management and leadership through the National Fire Academy and UNC-Charlotte. He recently obtained national credentialing as a Fire Officer through the Centers of Public Safety Excellence Commission and served as the Suppression Program manager for the JCFD Accreditation Management team.
Ian Keys has been promoted to district chief. Keys has been in the fire service for 28 years, the last 25 of which have been with the Johnson City Fire Department. Prior to his promotion, Keys served as the company officer of Fire Station 2. He has served JCFD as a firefighter, driver/engineer, lieutenant, training officer and has chaired multiple committees. Keys has obtained certifications as a Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, ICC Inspector I, and AEMT. He recently obtained national credentialing as a Fire Officer through the Centers of Public Safety Excellence Commission.
Andrew Jones, a 15-year veteran of the department, has been promoted to lieutenant after serving as interim lieutenant on an engine company for the last 16 months. He previously served as a firefighter and driver engineer. Jones holds certifications as a Fire Officer II, Incident Safety Officer, and Fire Inspector I.
Jeff Story, a 17-year veteran of the department has been promoted to lieutenant. He previously served as a firefighter and driver engineer. Story holds certifications as a Fire Officer II and Fire Inspector I.
Lance Bellamy (five years of service), Johnathon Royse (seven years of service) and Matthew Whitman (five years of service) each have been promoted to driver/engineer.