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Tom Jenkins was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Rogers on January 16, 2009. In his capacity he is responsible for over 150 career employees in ten locations. Under Tom’s leadership, the Rogers Fire Department has become accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (since 2011), Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (since 2012) and was awarded an Insurance Service Officer Public Protection Classification of one in 2015.
Jenkins was asked to serve by Governors Beebe and Hutchison to serve on several
state commissions and groups, including the Trauma Advisory Council,
Firefighter Cancer Benefit Review Panel and the Safe Schools Commission. Chief
Jenkins has served as a professor for both Northwest Arkansas Community College, Drury University and Oklahoma State University, teaching topics that range from leadership, strategic planning and
administration to fire hydraulics and suppression tactics. In 2015, Chief
Jenkins was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the International
Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) as the Second Vice President. In 2017, he was
elected President and Chairman of the Board for the IAFC at Fire Rescue
International in Charlotte, North Carolina. He served in this capacity
until 2018. He is the current chairperson of the Past President's Council for the IAFC.
In addition to public service, Tom is a regular presenter at fire and emergency medical conferences. He has taught and spoken on the international stage and has been recognized on the Walk of Honor at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Chief Jenkins completed his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Public Personnel Management and obtained his Bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University. He completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is a designated Chief Fire Officer and Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer from the Commission on Public Credentialing. He currently serves on multiple boards and committees, including the: NFPA Standard on Organization and Deployment of Career Fire Departments Standard 1710, NFPA Standard on Fire Hose (as chairperson). He is also a member of the International Fire Service Training Association Board of Directors, PulsePoint Foundation Advisory Board and National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Advisory Board.