Memphis EMS deputy chief named Oxford Fire Chief - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis EMS deputy chief named Oxford Fire Chief

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OXFORD, MS (WMC) -

A 30-year veteran of the City of Memphis has been named the City of Oxford's new fire chief.

Ronald "Mark" Heath has been appointed by the City of Oxford Board of Aldermen as the new chief. 

According to a press release, Heath has spent the last 30 years with the City of Memphis. He has been in public safety and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Emergency Medical Services.

He is scheduled to begin his appointment as chief on November 1 and will oversee the fire department that protects approximately 21,000 Oxford residents and 20,000 students on the campus of the University of Mississippi. 

Heath has a Bachelor's degree of Professional Studies with a concentration in Public Safety from the University of Memphis. He is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he has a Master's Degree of Science and Operations Management with a Certification in Safety and Human Resources.

"I am very grateful to Mayor Patterson, the Board of Aldermen and the City of Oxford to have been selected to serve as the next fire chief. I look forward to the prospects of working in the community as I see ample opportunities to enhance services for the Fire Department and the City as a whole," Heath said. "As such, I believe there is great potential to partner with other Public Safety agencies, the Healthcare Community, the University of Mississippi and other entities to capitalize on previous Fire Department success and to move toward further improvements of our capabilities."

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