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Mayor Bell names new fire chief for Birmingham

Charles Gordon has been named Birmingham's new fire chief. Source: Vincent Parker/WBRC Charles Gordon has been named Birmingham's new fire chief. Source: Vincent Parker/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham mayor William Bell has named Assistant Chief Charles Gordon as the city's new fire chief.

Gordon will replace Ivor Brooks, who passed away in May.

Gordon, 52, started working with the Birmingham Fire Department in 1989. He says he plans to carry out Chief Ivor's plan for more community involvement and also plans to beef up the fire department's emergency health services.

Gordon said he appreciates the opportunity to serve as fire chief and is thankful to God.

Birmingham spokeswoman April Odom emailed the following biography for Charles Gordon:

"Charles E. Gordon, Jr. began his fire service career with the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service in January 1989. During his tenure he has held positions as Assistant Chief of EMS and Fiscal Operations, Battalion of Chief Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), Battalion Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Operations Battalion Chief, EMS Field Supervisor, Station Captain, Lieutenant, and Firefighter. He maintains active membership in numerous professional and trade organizations.

Chief Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama Birmingham, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Athens State College and an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Jefferson State Community College. He is also a Nationally Registered EMT Paramedic receiving his certification from the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Chief Gordon has received numerous awards and commendations for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the service of our community. He attends Mt. Hebron Missionary Baptist Church in Thomas.

He is married to Regenia L. Gordon and they have two children; Charles and Chandler."

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