By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Fire Chief Jonathan Rorie has resigned to take a job in Georgia. His resignation is effective December 15.
He will assume the role of Community Services Director with the City of Peachtree City, Georgia with the overall responsibility of leading and managing the City’s Community Services Division, which includes the departments of Recreation and Special Events, Amphitheater, City Library, Planning and Zoning, and Building Department.
In a thank you letter to his fellow fire fighters, town staff and elected leaders, Rorie explained, "I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the outstanding support, advice, and guidance you have provided to me over the past three and a half years during my tenure as Fire Chief. After a great deal of consideration, I have decided to tender my resignation effective December 15, 2011."
Rorie explained, "Our common goal has been to provide a professional standard of services designed to minimize risk to our citizens and their property by caring professionals in a safe, courteous and timely manner. Dedicated to our mission, I have strived to do my best every day for the progression of our organization. The past few years have been an exciting time for our department. We have seen change, faced many unique challenges and experienced the pains of organizational growth. We have accepted these challenges as opportunities to pull together and prevailed."
Rorie explained, "As a department, we have transitioned into a cohesive organization consisting of both career and volunteer members."
Rorie said some of the departments accomplishments include being awarded an ISO Class 3 rating: An Improvement over the former Class 5 rating. Statistically, only 5% of all fire departments within the United States receive a Class 3 or better rating.
He explained, "The rating suggests we are overall better equipped and trained to handle fires in our district and the rating leads to lower insurance premiums for our residents."
Rorie explained, "We have implemented strategic and cost effective on-duty staffing programs to staff the station with 3 or four firefighters 24 hours per day/365 days per year. To accomplish the same goal with all career personnel would require hiring an additional nine (9) full-time personnel. Our strategic staffing solutions result in a net savings to our taxpayers exceeding $400,000 per year. In addition, our staffing patterns have reduced our overall response time by 30%. When seconds count, you have stepped up to the plate and answered the call."
Rorie explained, "These are just two of our accomplishments among many. The accomplishments achieved are a direct reflection of your dedication, but they would not have been possible without your commitment to this community and willingness to work together as a team. As your Fire Chief, I greatly appreciate everyone’s commitment in achieving these accomplishments."
He explained, "Beginning December 19, 2011, I will assume the role of Community Services Director with the City of Peachtree City, Georgia with the overall responsibility of leading and managing the City’s Community Services Division, which includes the departments of Recreation and Special Events, Amphitheater, City Library, Planning and Zoning, and Building Department."
He explained, "I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank our citizens, town council and town manager for their continued support and for allowing me the privilege to have served as fire chief for the Town of Carolina Beach. Throughout the years we have established some great friendships that I will not soon forget and I will miss serving as your fire chief. I wish nothing but the best for
the Town of Carolina Beach and its fire department. It has been a truly humbling experience and great honor to have served with some of best and most talented individuals within the department and the community. I would ask that each of you continue to support the departments goals, maintain the traditional fire service motto of “Service to others above oneself”, and seek out opportunities to deliver the best possible services that enhances the quality of life within the community."
Chief Rorie came to work in Carolina Beach in 2008 after completing a one year contract services position as a Captain with WSLLC Fire Emergency Services in Baghdad, Iraq.
Prior to that he served as the Fire Chief for the City of Roxboro, NC for 2 years, Fire Chief for the City of Hartsville, SC for 1.5 years and served as Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Roxboro for 3 years. Chief Rorie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A.S. in Fire Protection from Campbell University.
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