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Leland taps longtime fire-rescue chief in a new position as emergency management director [Free read]

The Town of Leland has appointed longtime Fire Chief, John Grimes, to the recently-created position of Emergency Management Director. (Port City Daily photo/File)
The Town of Leland has appointed longtime Leland Fire/Rescue Chief, John Grimes, to the recently-created position of Emergency Management Director. (Port City Daily photo/File)

LELAND — The Town of Leland has announced the creation of a new position: Emergency Management Director.

John Grimes, the town’s 26-year Leland Fire/Rescue Chief, will soon fill the new role.

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Emergency preparedness functions currently fall under the purview of the town’s fire and rescue department. The creation of the new role will allow Grimes to better prepare the town for disasters and emergencies and greater flexibility to work closely with each town department to identify their specific emergency-related needs.

Though the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak has highlighted the need for such a position, it’s something that the town has long considered, according to a town press release.

“COVID-19 is, understandably, foremost on everyone’s minds at this time and, in a lot of ways, it’s new territory for public health and safety officials across the globe. This pandemic certainly brings to light the need for certain preparedness strategies moving forward, but there are many situations for our area – including hurricanes and tornados – for which ongoing planning is crucial,” Grimes said in a town press release.

Grimes will continue serving as fire chief until a new chief is selected, according to the release.


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