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Fire News in Focus
by Adam K. Thiel

Chief Carr's influence has touched many

Chief Carr is a giant in our industry; his positive example influenced many who advanced through the ranks

By Adam K. Thiel

Editor's Note: Chief Adam K. Thiel looks at the profound influence Chief Carr has had on his and other fire-service careers.

One of the earliest memories of my fire and emergency services journey was picking up a copy of Rescue magazine and seeing then-Captain Tom Carr on the cover.

At the time, I was a new volunteer in Montgomery County, Md., and Chief Carr was assigned to one of that county's elite heavy-rescue companies — Rescue 3 in Rockville, Md.

He was seemingly larger-than-life and I vividly remember thinking: "that's who I want to be." That was around the time I decided to make the fire service my career; there's no question that Chief Carr had something to do with my choice.

Later, I had the honor of working with him for awhile as a peer fire chief in the National Capital Region; once again, I admired his humility, intellect, command presence, and dedication.

There's no question that Chief Carr is a giant in our industry; his positive example has undoubtedly influenced many of us who advanced through the ranks over the past 20 years.

I know our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family for a speedy recovery from this hospitalization, and for a well-earned retirement.

About the author

With more than two decades in the field, Chief Adam K. Thiel FireRescue1's editorial advisor is an active fire chief in the National Capital Region and a former state fire director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Chief Thiel's operational experience includes serving with distinction in four states as a chief officer, incident commander, company officer, hazardous materials team leader, paramedic, technical rescuer, structural/wildland firefighter and rescue diver. He also directly participated in response and recovery efforts for several major disasters including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tropical Storm Gaston and Hurricane Isabel.

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