On December 3rd, 2013 Mayor Frank G. Jackson swore in Patrick J. Kelly as Cleveland’s 14th Chief of Fire. Kelly is a 31-year veteran of the Division of Fire where he previously held the positions of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief. He has served as Interim Chief of Fire since August, 2013.
Mayor Jackson stated, “Throughout his career with the Cleveland Division of Fire, Chief Kelly has worked in or been responsible for all of the operational areas of the division. This knowledge and experience will be invaluable as he works to fully integrate Fire and EMS into a new all-hazards division, with a focus on meeting the ever changing and growing needs for pre-hospital medical care in our neighborhoods.”
As a fire officer, Chief Kelly has played an integral role in the labor management discussions related to the integration of Fire and EMS. He led the Division of Fire’s efforts to create the ALS (Advanced Life Support) pumper pilot program and represents the division on the Physicians’ Advisory Board to develop medical protocols.
Chief Kelly began his career with the Cleveland Division of Fire in March 1982 as an apprentice firefighter. In 1991, he was awarded a Medal of Valor for rescuing a man from an apartment fire. Kelly was promoted to Lieutenant in 1993, to Captain in 1997, to Battalion Chief in 2001 and Assistant Chief in 2007. As Assistant Chief, Kelly served as Chief of Operations and Executive Officer for the Division of Fire.
With an associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology from Cuyahoga Community College, Chief Kelly has also completed the Ohio Executive Fire Officer Program and multiple training programs at the state and federal level, including with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is National Incident Management System ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 & 800 certified. Chief Kelly is also a Hazardous Materials Technician-State of Ohio Fire Instructor; a State of Ohio Life Safety Inspector and Emergency Medical Technician; as well as certified in Marine Firefighting and a licensed SCUBA Diver.