Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 29, 2022) – In this edition of Fast Five, we feature Charlotte Fire Chief Reginald Johnson who oversees the Charlotte Fire Department which operates out of 43 fire stations and provides fire protection for approximately 850,00 people living in a 311 square-mile area.
Which part of the organization do you lead?
The Office of the Fire Chief is responsible for oversight of all fire department operations and directly oversees the offices of Operations, Business Administration, Personnel Administration, Public Information and Community Engagement, and Finance and Special Projects.
Why did you decide to work for the City of Charlotte?
The City of Charlotte is a very welcoming city with a considerable amount of potential. I love how dedicated the City of Charlotte is to service delivery for residents, businesses and visitors.
What is the biggest organizational priority you're working on right now?
Charlotte Fire Department's primary focus is ensuring that our department continues to meet our mission, despite the exceptional growth of the city; not just from an operational perspective, but also through emergency management, fire prevention, fire and life safety education, community outreach, and the like. Currently, our biggest challenge is ensuring we can still meet
National Fire Protection Association standards as the city continues to grow, providing the best possible service to the City of Charlotte.
What is your favorite part about working for the City of Charlotte?
The people! The team that makes up the Charlotte Fire Department is an exceptional group of people. The fact that we are a service-oriented department also gives us a great opportunity to interact with the many great residents and visitors across the city as well.
What is your favorite restaurant in Charlotte?
It would be impossible to pick just one favorite as Charlotte has so many great restaurants. If I had to choose, I would say some of my favorites are Another Broken Egg, Sub One Hoagie House, Cedar Street Tavern, and Beef & Bottle.