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Michael Knowlton became chief of the Cammack Village (Ark.) Fire Department in January… Tom Carr Jr. became the first Montgomery County (Md.) fire chief on Jan. 1 after a nationwide search. Legislation restructured the county’s fire and rescue services and created a new chief’s position in 2004. Carr has more than 30 years of fire and rescue experience, beginning as a paramedic/firefighter in Montgomery County in 1978 and rising through the ranks to assistant chief. The county is one of the largest combination fire departments in the country with more than 2,000 career and volunteer personnel, 33 stations (40 facilities), a $140 million budget and nearly 300 pieces of apparatus and support vehicles in fleet. It is Maryland’s most populated jurisdiction, with nearly 1 million residents and 500 square miles in the Washington metropolitan area…. Larry Rogers, fire chief of the Claxton (Ga.) Volunteer Fire Department, was killed Dec. 13, returning from a structure fire. For unknown reasons, the rescue apparatus he was driving left the roadway…. Nick Mason, 20, a member of King George (Va.) Fire Department-Company No. 1, was among 22 people killed in a suicide attack on a mess tent Dec. 21 at a U.S. military base in Mosul, Iraq. Mason was one of the 13 servicemen killed in the deadliest single attack on American troops since the war in Iraq started in April 2003. He was a member of the Virginia Army National Guard’s 229th Engineer Battalion, based in Fredericksburg…. Todd Rowe, 30, fire chief of the Elkhorn City (Ky.) Fire Department, was killed Dec. 23 during a training exercise to place snow chains on a fire truck…. Admiral James M. Loy, the Department of Homeland Security’s second in command, has announced his resignation. Loy plans to stay until March 1 or until a successor is found. A retired U.S. Coast Guard commandant and career officer, Loy spent 40 years of his life in public service, the last 10 in Washington, D.C. He led the establishment of the Transportation Security Administration before joining DHS and helping the department integrate 22 federal agencies involved in homeland defense. “His vision and commitment to the protection of our country during the department’s early years will have a lasting effect for years to come,” said outgoing DHS Secretary Tom Ridge…. Mary Davis, assistant director for legislative affairs with the U.S. Forest Service, announced her retirement after almost 39 years of federal service. In her first job with the Navy, she was housed in the “temporary” World War II offices on the Mall, then transferred to the National Archives before joining the Forest Service…. Sue Mencer, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, announced her resignation, effective Jan. 31. As director of the OSLGCP, Mencer oversaw the FIRE Grant Program and other programs that provide funding, training and support for first responders. “Sue Mencer has been a loyal supporter of the fire service, working to preserve the FIRE Act and to ensure that the money goes directly to local fire departments,” said IAFC President Chief Bob DiPoli.

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