CARRBORO, NC – Town Manager Richard J. White III has announced the selection of Will Potter as the new Fire Chief.
Chief Potter began his career as a firefighter with the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department in 2007 and has progressed through the ranks for the last 16 years, most recently serving as the Interim Fire Chief. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter with the New Hope Fire Department.
He holds numerous fire service, emergency medical service, and emergency management certifications. He currently serves on multiple boards, committees, and commissions in the fire service, including serving as a principal member on two National Fire Protection Association Technical Committees.
“After a national search process, I am excited to have Will lead our talented team at the fire department,” Town Manager White said. “From his very first visit to a firehouse at the age of five, Chief Potter knew that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of both of his grandfathers by becoming a firefighter. From that time, he has continued to build lasting relationships within the community and with our emergency response partners.”
In 2001, Chief Potter began participating in the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department’s Ride-Along program, which allows civilians to participate and respond to calls with the department. From that point on, he knew that he wanted to spend his career with the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department specifically and dreamed of being the chief of the department one day. Chief Potter completed his Eagle Scout project with the department, which included adding reflective bands to fire hydrants throughout Carrboro.
“This is truly a dream come true,” Chief Potter said. “The last fire chief that came up through the ranks in Carrboro was Chief Jake Hardee in 1973, so this means a lot for our department and our community.”
“I look forward to continuing to serve our community and continuing to grow with the department and the Town.”
The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department employs 37 men and women who are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Carrboro and Orange County. The department operates three companies out of two fire stations.