Fire Chief

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Assistant Fire Chief
James Crawford
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Chief Crawford recently retired as the Assistant Chief of Operations with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire after 20 years of service.  He is also the retired Deputy Chief of Operations for the 171st Air Refueling Wing Fire Department, Pennsylvania Air National Guard after 23 years of military service as well a graduate of the Air Force Fire Academy where he spent four years on active duty as a firefighter.  Jim is also a former Deputy Chief of Training for the Pennsylvania USAR Strike Team where he also served as a Rescue Manager.  Chief Crawford is also a life member and past Fire Chief of the Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Company, Pa. Along with these great accomplishments he was the ISFSI Fire Instructor of the Year recipient in 2002 for his aggressive national efforts in firefighter rescue training.  He has lectured nationally on the subject of Rapid Intervention Teams at shows such as FDIC, FDIC East, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and the Worcester Safety & Survival Seminar.  He is also the lead HOT instructor for the popular FDIC program “RIT Combat Drills” in which he developed.  Chief Crawford has over 35 years experience in the career and volunteer fire service. Jim is a third generation firefighter who loves the job and history of the American Fire Service.  It has always been his goal to retire from a big city fire department and assume a Chief Officer position in a beach community fire department.  When Jim is not immersed in running the operations at Midway he enjoys spending time at the beach or on his boat with his family.  


Division Chief of Training and Special Operations

Walter Smittle

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Chief Smittle promoted to Chief in 2018. Prior to Midway Fire Rescue, he worked in the industrial realm as a Plant Protection Specialist working in Fire/EMS with private corporations.  Chief Smittle thrives on challenges, particularly those dealing with critical or technical situations.  This is why Chief Smittle is currently the leader of the Georgetown County Technical Rescue Team, Disaster Medical Specialist with SCTF-1 USAR out of Columbia, SC.  Chief Smittle also is proud to be part of the South Carolina Firefighter Assistance Support Team.


Division Chief of Fire & Life Safety 

Mark Nugent

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Division Chief Mark R. Nugent is the Fire Marshal for Midway Fire Rescue. Chief Nugent manages the many facets of the Division of Fire and Life Safety, including the Plans Review Process, the Fire Inspection Program, Fire Investigations, the Fire and Life Safety Education Program, and the Smoke Alarm Initiative for the department.  


Prior to joining Midway Fire Rescue, Chief Nugent had a 40-year career in the Fire Service; working 35 years for Chesterfield, VA, Fire and EMS, serving four years as the Chief of Emergency Services for Middlesex County, VA, and serving one year as the Public Information/Public Education Officer for Horry County (SC) Fire Rescue.  Chief Nugent has an Associate’s Degrees in Fire Science, an Associate’s Degrees in EMS Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  


Creating stronger partnerships across the community will be the “Working Foundation” Chief Nugent and his staff will concentrate on, in a structured effort to reduce the incidents of fires and unintentional injuries across the Midway Fire Rescue service area.  If you, your business, your neighborhood, your civic organization, or House of Worship would like to discuss a “Safety Partnership” with the Division of Fire and Life Safety, please reach out to the DFLS staff.