Ronald J. Pawley

Former Kodak Executive Deputy Fire Chief

About Ronald J. Pawley

Ronald J. Pawley, attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and University of Rochester, spent more than 30 years working for Eastman Kodak, Co., a film and chemical company based out of Rochester, New York. Despite his professional career being interrupted by his military service, Ronald J. Pawley eventually advanced to the position of executive deputy fire chief at the Kodak Park Fire Department. In this position he assumed executive duties such as developing his staff, screening and hiring, and assuming the role of incident commander during emergency situations. At the time of his retirement, Eastman Kodak boasted one of the region’s largest complexes, while the Kodak Park Fire Department provided fire protection and prevention for more than 60,000 employees and was considered one of the largest chemical fire fighting organizations worldwide.

As a Chief Fire Officer, Ronald J. Pawley was in the position to not only help manage the day to day duties of the fire department: but was active in commanding major emergency incidents as an Incident Commander.

A priority in the incident command system is the need to clearly understand who the incident commander is at the scene. There must be one incident commander to take charge of the incident during an incident in order for the system to operate effectively.

An individual must be qualified to fill this most important position. The incident commander is like a quarterback in a football game. He calls the shots.

The IC must also ensure that all fire fighters and other essential personnel operating at an incident are well qualified.. The list of responsibilities of an incident commander are widespread, clearly important and requires expertise and professionalism.

The incident commander must ensure the safety of the firefighters under his or her command. The top safety officer is the IC, who must have a clear understanding of how each decision implemented affects the safety of the operating forces.

A good IC must be well prepared in safety practices. Ronald J. Pawley gained resourceful knowledge by attending advanced training at the most prestigious and recognized National Fire Academy’s safety courses and training academies countrywide.

In the past, Ronald J. Pawley enjoyed racing his Corvette in competitive events. He has also raced speed boats, and in the winter months he likes to visit Bristol Mountain to ski. He also enjoys reading and highly recommends the book Modoc.

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