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Deputy Fire Chief Cliff Thompson joined the Rogers Fire Department in 1997. He became a certified paramedic in 2000 and promoted to captain in 2002. In 2013 he was selected to become the Battalion Chief serving as Citywide Tour Commander for the “B” Platoon. Chief Thompson served 6 years as a Citywide Tour Commander and then transferred to the training division as the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program manager. Promoting again in 2019, he is currently assigned as the Deputy Fire Chief over Special Operations and Training Division.
Chief Thompson was recognized as a Fire Officer Designee from the Commission on Professional Credentialing in 2010. Chief Thompson is a graduate of the Arkansas Chief Fire Officer Program and the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the National Fire Academy. He served as a validation committee member for the textbook titled Structural Firefighting: Truck Company Skills and Tactics Second Edition published by the International Fire Service Training Association. Chief Thompson also served a term as president of the Arkansas State Firefighters Association - Northwest District.
Life-long learning and professional development are key components of Chief Thompson’s career. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration and prevention technology from Western Illinois University and a Master’s degree in organizational leadership from Waldorf University. Chief Thompson’s most recent achievement was designation as Chief Fire Officer in October of 2020, from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
Graduation from the Executive Fire Officer program was a highpoint in Chief Thompson’s career and he is focused on encouraging others to achieve their goals by successfully completing the EFO program and seeking other avenues of professional development to make them well-rounded candidates for future opportunities.