WOODMERE – John Brewington, former Battalion Chief in the city of Cleveland, has been appointed as fire chief for Woodmere Village. Brewington replaces Dale Cohen who served as interim chief, as substitute for James Cartwright, who resigned earlier this year to concentrate on his full-time job as a Cleveland firefighter according to Mayor Charles E. Smith.
Chief Brewington will serve under the direct authority of the Mayor and will oversee fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous material handling, fire prevention/public education, and fire investigation services.
Mr. Brewington brings a wealth of experience to Woodmere; he served as the seventh president for the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (2002 – 2008) and national spokesperson for the USFA Campaign to Reduce Fire Deaths among African-American Infants and Toddlers in 2004.
Larry Gray is the public information officer of the Division of Fire for Cleveland. He posted this statement on his LinkedIn account about Chief Brewington. “Where do I start? He is simply the best at everything that he put his heart into, a friend, a mentor, a spokesman, a worker, a die-hard, and all around great man who I have been honored to work with for over 20 years.”
Gray adds, “The majority of the Cleveland Fire Department studied or worked under his leadership and that alone speaks for itself. He is a very quiet and compassionate man who will give you the shirt off his back,” said Gray.
Chief Brewington is involved in numerous activities including, American Red Cross Operation Save A Life, Base Cleveland Veterans Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Martin Luther King Municipal Careers Public Safety Academy Advisory Board, Firefighters ABC Advisory Board, Fire 20/20 Advisory Board, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Citizens Advisory Board, NFPA Urban Fire Safety Task Force, and Vision 20/20 Steering Committee.
Welcome to Woodmere Chief Brewington!