William Swann

Nashville Fire Director Chief William Swann joined the Nashville Fire Department in 1995. In his 22 years of service has proven to be a detail oriented, hard-working and effective leader. From his first day on the job as a firefighter Director Chief Swann had a plan to become a leader in the department.

Through hard work he has risen through the ranks of the NFD from a firefighter, to an instructor at the Nashville Fire Department Training Academy, to the director of the Office of Emergency Management and to the Deputy Fire Director.

For three years Director Chief Swann worked directly with Retired Fire Director Ricky White to learn the infrastructure of the department. That experience coupled with his knowledge of the infrastructure of the city through the Office of Emergency Management has prepared him to lead the NFD beyond.

Director Chief Swann is the first African American Deputy Director in Nashville history and the first African American Director Chief in the city’s history. He is a Gulf War veteran and spent five years in the Army. Director Chief Swann is active in the community. He serves as a deacon at his Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Madison. He also teaches adult leadership classes as well as teaching CPR, First-Aid and Advanced Life Support classes.

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