Fire Department Staff Directory


Asheville Fire Department

 

Asheville Fire Department business hours are Monday -Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Main Office Line: 828-259-5636
Fire Marshal’s Division: 828-259-5640
Physical Address: 100 Court Plaza  Asheville, NC 28801
Mailing Address:   P.O. Box 7148 Asheville, NC 28802

 


Fire Chief

 

Scott T. Burnette, Fire Chief
828-259-5636
stburnette@ashevillenc.gov

Fire Chief Scott Burnette joined the Asheville Fire Department in 1995. He was promoted to Engineer in 2001 assigned to Engine Company 1. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004 assigned to Engine Company 2, and again to Captain in 2006 assigned to Rescue Company 1. in 2006 he was promoted to Assistant Chief. Chief Burnette was promoted to the Chief of the Asheville Fire Department in November of 2009 and continues to serve in this position today. Chief Burnette has an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Gaston College, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Engineering Technology from UNC-Charlotte, and a Masters degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Chief Burnette is a graduate of the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. In 2004, he received his Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

 


Deputy Fire Chief

 

Chris Budzinski, Deputy Fire Chief
828-259-5636
cbudzinski@ashevillenc.gov

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Budzinski joined the Asheville Fire Department in 2001. He was assigned to Engine 1 and Engine 3 as a firefighter. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007 and assigned to Squad 1 and then Engine 1. Chief Budzinski was promoted to Captain in 2010. In 2012 Chief Budzinski was promoted to Battalion Chief and served in Battalion 3 and then in Battalion 1. Chief Budzinski was the fire department’s Accreditation Manager from 2008 until 2012. He has an Associate’s degree in Fire Protection Technology from Gaston College and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Safety Engineering Technology from UNC-Charlotte. As Deputy Fire Chief, Chief Budzinski will be responsible for coordinating with the Fire Chief for the planning, organizing & directing all phases of the operation of the fire department. This includes development of policy, leadership vision & budget organization and implementation for all elements of the department.

 


Assistant Fire Chief

 

Barry Hendren, Assistant Fire Chief
828-259-5636
bhendren@ashevillenc.gov

 


Assistant Fire Chief

 

Michael Coggins, Assistant Fire Chief
828-259-5636
mcoggins@ashevillenc.gov

 


Resources

 

Organizational Chart

 


Updated 02/24/2020


 

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