Firefighting veteran picked as new Chandler chief

Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins
Chandler Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins

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Tom Dwiggins got his first chance to train as a firefighter the hard way—on the job as an Air Force crew chief.

Since then, having risen through Chandler Fire’s ranks starting in 1998, Dwiggins has formally taken the reins as the department’s new chief, succeeding Jeff Clark, who retired in January.

Dwiggins has served in an interim capacity since Clark ended his tenure.

Chandler City Manager Marsha Reed announced the appointment, saying:

“Tom offers the expertise and relationships to effectively lead our Fire, Health & Medical Department.

“He brings unique knowledge of fire and emergency medical services and will ensure the department continues to deliver outstanding service for Chandler residents and businesses.”

Dwiggins has held every sworn position within the department, having been promoted to the position of assistant fire chief in 2014. He has overseen the internationally accredited department’s emergency medical services, fire prevention, training and outreach and innovation divisions.

Dwiggins is a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in public safety administration. He also has been awarded the coveted Chief Fire Officer designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

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