Franklin announces new Fire Chief


Kevin Rohrer, a captain with Morrisville Fire and Rescue Department, has been appointed Franklin’s fulltime fire chief. He was selected for the position from a field of 26 applicants following a three month search and interview process. He will officially begin his duties on May 9, said Franklin Mayor Bob Scott.

The selection committee, comprised of Alderman Patti Abel, Town Manager Summer Woodard, Human Resources Officer Chad Simons and Franklin Fire and Rescue’s member at large Brian Leopard, brought in nine candidates for the first round of interviews. The selection committee narrowed the field down to two candidates, bringing both of them for a meet and greet session with volunteers and career staff at Franklin Fire and Rescue before making a final decision.

“We are pleased with what Mr. Kevin Rohrer has to offer the Town of Franklin and Franklin Fire and Rescue in particular,” said Town Manager Summer Woodard. “We believe his experience as a volunteer in Graham and as a Captain with Morrisville Fire and Rescue, along with his education, makes him well suited to lead our combination department into the future. We look forward to having him on board, and we are excited to welcome his family to our beautiful town as well,” Woodard said.

Mr. Rohrer began his firefighting career in 1995 as a volunteer firefighter with Graham Fire Department, located in Alamance County, North Carolina. Mr. Rohrer’s professional career started in Wake County when he joined Morrisville Fire and Rescue Department in 1999, serving as a firefighter and promoted through the ranks, becoming a Captain in 2008.  During his tenure, Mr. Rohrer designed and implemented the first firefighter agility training program in the department and was a mentor to volunteers.  In 2012, Mr. Rohrer was awarded Fire Officer of the Year.


Mr. Rohrer holds an Applied Science degree in Accounting from Alamance Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude; and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Fire/Rescue Executive Leadership, also from Waldorf University, where he graduated with distinction.  Additionally, Mr. Rohrer is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy.  He holds various certifications, including Firefighter II, Fire Officer II, Fire Inspector I, Fire and Rescue Instructor II, EMT-B, NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800, HazMat Operations Plus, Child Safety Seat Technician, Technical Rescuer Certification, Emergency Vehicle Driver, and CDL-B.


In addition to his service in the fire industry, Mr. Rohrer has also trained numerous corporate emergency response teams and facilitated training in First Aid, CPR, AED, HazMat Command, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Extinguisher, Building Evacuations, Incident Command, and Disaster Preparedness.  He has orchestrated mass casualty drills simulating auto accidents, aircraft crashes, structure fires, and terrorism.  He is also certified as an American Heart Association and Medic First Aid instructor.


Rohrer and his wife Carey have three children: Drew (19), Payce (13), and Koen (11).  Aside from spending time with his family, he enjoys golf, woodworking, and hunting in his free time.

Please join the Town of Franklin in welcoming Mr. Kevin Rohrer during a meet and greet scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday May 11, 2016 at the Franklin Fire Department.