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Fire Chief Mike McMurray Retires after Ten Years of Service to the City of Kennedale

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Fire Chief Mike McMurray joined the City of Kennedale in March 2008, after serving as Battalion Fire Chief for the City of Hurst. He leads a three-shift department of dedicated Fire Fighters, EMTs, and Paramedics {{more: continue …}}who aim to provide the highest quality fire rescue and emergency medical response to our community.
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?Under Mike?s leadership, the Kennedale Fire Department maintains a strong mutual-aid partnership with the Cities of Arlington and Fort Worth as well as all of the suburban cities in South Tarrant County,? said City Manager George Campbell. ?His focus on hiring dedicated, professional emergency responders is made evident by the average response time of four minutes or less and our recently upgraded ISO rating. He has been a valued and appreciated member of the City?s Leadership Team.?

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An ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating is one indicator of risk that is sometimes used by property insurers to calculate premiums. Public protection entities are ranked from Class 1 (least risk) to 10 (most risk), and the City of Kennedale Fire Department was upgraded to a Class 3 in 2017. The rating is based on ? among other things ? staffing, apparatus, response times, and water infrastructure.
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During his decade of service to the City of Kennedale, Mike has been dedicated to securing grant funding to keep his responders safe. In 2016, KFD received a $20,000 grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for new turnout gear and $5,000 in grants from Koch Pipeline through their Helping Heroes Program. His excellent relationships within the community also recently resulted in Speed Fab-Crete generously providing much-needed repairs to the Fire Station at no cost to the city.
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Mike has an AA Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Tarrant County College and is a Fire Service Chief Executive Officer. He is well-known in the industry for having created a widely used Incident Command Template in the form of a macro-enabled Microsoft Excel file. This tool ? which he freely shares with other departments ? vastly improves the organization, management, and tracking of Fire and Rescue resources during emergency incidents and training simulations.
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Mike?s resignation is effective May 11, 2018. City Manager George Campbell plans to announce information regarding selection of an interim Fire Chief prior to that date.

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