Reid named new fire chief
The High Point Fire Department has a new chief as of Thursday morning.
City Manager Strib Boynton appointed Tommy Reid to the position, effective immediately, to replace Rick McIntyre, who announced his resignation July 23 after a year and two weeks on the job. McIntyre’s last day was Wednesday. Reid will recieve a salary of $120,000.
“Chief Reid has the clear and proven leadership abilities necessary to guide and advance in the High Point Fire Department,” said City Manager Strib Boynton. “Chief Reid has earned my respect, as he knows and understands the real needs and priorities of the High Point community, also those of our firefighters.”
The High Point native began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire department in 1979 before joining the High Point Fire Department in 1981.
He quickly rose through the ranks from firefighter to driver to captain. In 2000, he was promoted to battalion chief and then to deputy chief of operations in 2011.
During his career, he served in Station No. 1 on Centennial Street, Station No. 6 on Springfield Avenue, station No. 8 on Prospect Street, the former station No. 3 on Phillips Avenue, and headquarters on Elm Street.
“I am excited about the position,” Reid said. “It’s a challenge and an honor. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to be able to move forward and lead these men and women.”
Reid is a graduate of High Point Central High School. He went on to graduate from Guilford Technical Community College with an associate’s degree in applied science in fire protection technology.
He has served on the executive board of the Guilford County Fire Rescue Council and on the Fire Protection Technology Advisory Committee of GTCC. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s Executive Development Program along with numerous leadership programs at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md.
He currently is a member of the High Point Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle, serves on the Leadership High Point Steering Committee and serves as a board member for the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire District.
Reid has received professional awards from the Guilford County Fire rescue Council, Furnitureland Rotary Club and Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire District.
He and his wife, Cindy, have four children and three grandchildren.
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