Fire Chief Amy Biggs Ready for New Tasks
Fort Wayne, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry, assited by City Clerk Sandy Kennedy swore in Amy Biggs as Fort Wayne Fire Department's new Fire Chief. Biggs, a 17-year veteran of the Fire Department, replaces Fire Chief Peter Kelly who retired at the end of June after 27 years of service.
“Chief Biggs is highly qualified and brings strong leadership skills to the department,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “She has done a great job as Assistant Chief of Human Relations and has not only used her organizational and personal skills well in the department, but in the many community activities she’s involved in. Amy has a tremendous level of professionalism and I have no doubt she will serve our community well.”
As head of the second largest fire department in Indiana, Biggs will oversee fire protection for the 110 square miles of the City of Fort Wayne and manage a department of more than 380 firefighters, posted at 18 fire stations. The Fort Wayne Fire Department supports neighboring communities as well, with its special operations team, which includes hazardous materials, water rescue recovery and special operations rescue teams.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead the Fort Wayne Fire Department as Chief. I have had the privilege to work beside the dedicated men and women of the Fort Wayne Fire Department for 17 years, providing an important and vital service to our community,” said Fort Wayne Fire Chief-elect, Amy Biggs. “I know firsthand that our firefighters take their responsibility seriously and have great pride in how they serve the residents of Fort Wayne. I pledge to continue that exceptional service and to move forward with training, apparatus and technology improvements, and efficiency with our day-to-day operations.”
Chief Biggs joined the Fort Wayne Fire Department as a firefighter in 1995. In 1999, she was promoted to Captain of the Fire Prevention Bureau and became Captain of the Operations Division in 2001, where she served for seven years, until being appointed to the position of Assistant Chief. Chief Biggs has had specialty training as a certified diver as a member of the water rescue team and as a technician for the hazardous materials team.