He had been serving as acting chief since last summer.
Frederick, Md (KM) In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Frederick Council approved the appointment of Tom Coe as Chief of the Division of Fire and Rescue Services. Coe had been named Acting Chief in July, 2019 following the retirement of Chief Tom Owens.
Councilman Jerry Donald said Coe is a good choice for the job. “He done an excellent job in the time he was acting, and he think he has the respect of everyone I’ve talked to in fire and rescue, ” he said.
Those comments echoed by Councilman Kai Hagen. “It’s a nice way to get somebody whose been part of the system,” he said.
Coe joined Frederick County Fire and Rescue in 2000, and has worked his way through the ranks. He helped form the Hazardous Materials Response Team, and oversaw the Special Operations functions, and served as Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief. He was also a volunteer fire fire fighter and served as Chief of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.
“Tom’s knowledge and ability to manage our combination fire service makes him the clear choice to lead the Division,”: said County Executive Jan Gardner, in a statement. “He’s a problem solver, identifying ways to serve our growing community with an outstanding level of care and professionalism, and he is well respected by both career and volunteer staff.”
By Kevin McManus