Jeffrey H. Pohlman, Fire/EMS Chief
Chief Pohlman was employed by the Alexandria Fire District on September 1st, 2003. Chief Pohlman started his fire service career at the young age of 14 with the Bromley, Kentucky Volunteer Fire Department. He acquired the rank of Lieutenant and also served as President of the volunteer organization from 1980-1985. From 1976-1979, there was a break in the fire service to serve in the U.S. Army as a Medical Specialist in the 197th Support Battalion/197th Infantry Brigade at Ft. Benning, Georgia. In July of 1985, Chief Pohlman started employment at the City of Newport, Kentucky Fire/EMS Department where he attained the rank of Lieutenant until his retirement in July of 2003. The Chief served on the Alexandria Fire District Board of Trustees from July of 1999 to July of 2002. He also served as the part-time Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Alexandria from 2000 until his appointment as Fire/EMS Chief.
Since starting his tenure at the Alexandria Fire District, he has overseen increased staffing, adding a second ambulance, initiating Advanced Life Support services, and purchase of a new Heavy Rescue Unit with which AFD is a vital part of the Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team. Many grants for equipment and training have also been secured under his leadership.
In 2013, Chief Pohlman entered the Executive Board of the Kentucky Firefighters Association as 3rd Vice President and served as President in 2016. Chief Pohlman continues to serve as the Advisor to the KFA President and also serves on the KRS Chapter 75 (Fire District) as committee chair.
Chief Pohlman has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Safety and Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership. Chief Pohlman is committed to assuring that the citizens of Alexandria and surrounding area have the best Fire/EMS protection available. As the City of Alexandria grows, the Fire District must keep up with the pace. Chief Pohlman is happy to be serving his community, a community he has resided in for the past 27 years. “Being a Fire Chief is special, but being a Fire Chief in your hometown is much more special.”