Frederick County has a new director of Fire and Rescue Services. Denise Pouget was appointed by the Commissioners to the post, replacing Tom Owens who retired on June 1st. Pouget will take over on July 22nd at the rank of chief.
"The Board of County Commissioners is very excited about the appointment of Denise Pouget as the Director of Fire and Rescue Services and our first fire chief," says Commissioners' President Blaine Young, in a statement. "She brings outstanding qualifications to the job, including the knowledge and leadership that will be needed to continue to move our outstanding system forward. We are pleased to welcome such a devoted and hard working fire fighter to serve the citizens of Frederick County."
"I am very excited to be named the new director, and I am confident we will move the Division of Fire and Rescue Services forward together to be one of the best combinations in the country," says Pouget, in a statement. "We will achieve that goal with the integrity and respect of all individuals, as well as input from all stakeholders.
Pouget currently served as Assistant Fire Chief of the Alexandria, Va., Fire Department, a position she has held since 2008. She supervises 50 employees, serving a city with 140,000 residents. In her position, Pouget directs fiscal matters, human resources, health and safety, information technology, professional development and technical training, public information and logistics, according to a news release from Frederick County.
Pouget began her career in fire and rescue in 1981 in Montgomery County. During her 27 years there, she was fire fighter paramedic, paramedic officer and suppression unit officer, emergency medical quality assurance officer, emergency medical paramedic supervisor/public information officer, operational supervisor for emergency communications, operational fire captain, battalion chief and shift chief in charge of operations.
In Frederick County, Pouget will be in charge of all facets of fire and rescue services, according to the county. Her salary will be $150,000 annually.
The county says 52 applications were received for the position of Director of Fire and Rescue Services.