News Flash

Home

Posted on: February 23, 2021

CITY OF OPELIKA NAMES SHANE BOYD CHIEF OF OPELIKA FIRE DEPARTMENT

Chief Shane Boyd

The City of Opelika is pleased to announce Shane Boyd as the city’s new Fire Chief, effective April 1, 2021. Boyd is replacing Chief Byron Prather, who retired on January 31, 2021. Boyd comes to Opelika from Bessemer, where he served as the Deputy Fire Chief for three years.  

Mayor Gary Fuller stated, “After an extensive search across the southeast by an outside recruiting firm, we interviewed seven outstanding candidates. Shane Boyd was our choice because of his experience and proven track record of leadership. The Opelika Fire Department has a long and proud history in our community. I believe Shane will take us to a higher level of service for our citizens and community.”

Boyd began his career as a Firefighter EMT at the Birmingport Fire District in 1993, before moving to the Concord Fire Department as a Firefighter Paramedic. He then served the City of Bessemer for some 25 years as a Firefighter Paramedic, Fire Sergeant, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain and Battalion Captain. In those roles, he was responsible for every aspect of fire safety, including training and EMS programs. He has an extensive list of certifications from standard fire training such as a firefighter, HazMat and rescue technician to training in terrorist bombings, radiological/nuclear awareness and FEMA incident safety. 

Boyd stated, “I want to say how humbled I am to be afforded the opportunity to join the City of Opelika and the Opelika Fire Department family. I was not looking for a job, but when this position opened, it was too good to ignore it. I’d like to thank Mayor Fuller and City Administrator Joey Motley and the citizens of Opelika for giving me this opportunity. I owe a great deal of appreciation to the members of the Bessemer Fire Department and Chief McFarland. They have been extremely encouraging the past few weeks. It’s difficult to leave, but they are in great hands. I can’t wait to get to work with Opelika Fire.”

Boyd has already clearly established goals for the first 30-60-90 days as Fire Chief. He plans to work with administration and staff to gather information pertinent to operations and build relationships internally; learn about and connect with the community, various agencies and school officials; analyze and develop fire department budget; and improve community outreach, develop strategic plans and operational goals for the extended future. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

CDBG COVID FUNDING

Posted on: April 28, 2021
Newsflash

1st Avenue Railroad Crossing Closure

Posted on: April 26, 2021
22EB251D-6864-4C53-AB56-BE724C55DEAB

SLAM DUNK THE JUNK EVENT POSTPONED

Posted on: April 23, 2021

TREE PRUNING 2021

Posted on: January 19, 2021
COVID-19 75 plus vaccine

COVID ANNOUNCEMENT FROM EAMC

Posted on: January 12, 2021
Planning full lockup 2c_OL

Zoning Board Meeting Rescheduled

Posted on: December 7, 2020
A0871750-0C95-4237-B093-74B3282A6D82_4_5005_c

Resurfacing Projects

Posted on: November 20, 2020
Geneva Street

GENEVA STREET UPDATE

Posted on: November 19, 2020
Toys4Tots (3)

OFD TOYS FOR TOTS DONATION DRIVE

Posted on: November 16, 2020

ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO ZETA

Posted on: October 29, 2020

RUN-OFF ELECTION TOMORROW

Posted on: October 5, 2020
Press Conference Invite

OPELIKA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS CONFERENCE

Posted on: September 28, 2020
StormTotalQPF_AL

WEATHER UPDATE FROM LEE COUNTY EMA

Posted on: September 16, 2020

WEATHER UPDATE FROM LEE COUNTY EMA

Posted on: September 15, 2020
 Drive thru Trick-or-Treat

HALLOWEEN 2020

Posted on: September 15, 2020
Town Hall Series September 24

TOWN HALL SERIES: COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Posted on: September 10, 2020

City of Opelika Communications Survey

Posted on: September 9, 2020
9

OPS OPELIKA SHARE PROGRAM

Posted on: July 6, 2020
Memorial infront of city hall

2020 Virtual Memorial Day Service

Posted on: May 25, 2020
OES COVID 19

OES ASKS RESIDENTS TO BAG ALL TRASH

Posted on: April 7, 2020
India Road Detour (1)

INDIA ROAD CLOSURE AND DETOUR

Posted on: March 16, 2020

ADEM PUBLIC HEARING AND QUARRY UPDATE

Posted on: February 21, 2020

Creekwood Resources - Granite Quarry

Posted on: January 27, 2020

ADA COMPLIANCE WORK UPDATE

Posted on: October 22, 2019

ADA COMPLIANCE WORK UPDATES

Posted on: October 11, 2019