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Fire Chief Henry retires after 25 years with the City

Mike Conway

Post Date:09/01/2016

Fire Chief Shawn Henry retires after 25 years with the City

Merced Fire Chief Shawn Henry has retired after 25 years of firefighting experience with the City of Merced. His last day on the job was Sept. 1.

Henry, 53, has served with the City Department since 1991 and was a battalion chief before his appointment as chief. Henry worked his way up through the ranks in the City Department starting as a firefighter I in 1991, before being promoted to engineer in 1995, captain in 2000, and battalion chief in 2009. He had prior experience with the California Department of and Fire Protection Forestry starting in 1981 and the Madera Fire Department in 1986.

Throughout his career, Henry was responsible for a variety of innovative practices within the Department. Henry led the development and implementation of the City's smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm program. He started a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) partnership that lead to a program that identified the exact location of fire hydrants, a critical need in emergency situations.

The Chief brought the Department's safety clothing into compliance and standardized personal protective equipment. He played a key role in development of the Community Emergency Response Team and the development and updating of the City's Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan.

The City thanks Chief Henry for his years of service and wishes him all the best in his years of retirement.

Battalion Chief Jeremy Franklin will serve as acting chief until Deputy Chief Billy Alcorn returns from personal leave.

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