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Meet the Chief

Birmingham Fire Chief - Ivor J. Brooks
Birmingham Fire Chief
Ivor J. Brooks

Fire Chief Ivor J. Brooks was sworn into and became part of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department May 3, 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks of firefighter to his appointment as our twentieth fire chief.

Serving in the role as chief of the State of Alabama’s largest and most progressive fire department, Chief Brooks provides practical and responsible leadership for nearly 700 line and staff personnel.

He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Athens State University, Jefferson State Community College and Columbia Southern University. He has trained at the National Fire Academy and at the Department of Justice Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Facility for Incident Commanders. As a result, he served as Incident Commander for the State of Alabama until his appointment to Fire Chief. He completed the Alabama Fire College, the Personnel Standards Commission Fire Chief’s Executive Development Program, and many others.

Chief Brooks has received numerous awards and commendations for his outstanding leadership and dedication to the service of our community. He serves as a trustee on the board of the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.

He is an energetic, personable leader, an innovator and a manager who can be depended on to utilize the best resources available to obtain the best possible results. He is well respected and revered among his colleagues and subordinates in the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service Department.

He is married to Joyce E. Brooks and they have four children; Ivon, Nyyah, Jae and Matthew.