Assistant Fire Chief
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
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