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NFD Director Chief William Swann joins 2018-2019 Leadership Nashville

Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer

The Leadership Nashville Foundation was founded in 1976 as an independent, executive leadership program to give community leaders a three-dimensional view of Nashville.

Nashville, TN (June 29, 2018) – Nashville Fire Department Director Chief William Swann will join the 2018-2019 class of Leadership Nashville. Director Chief Swann is the second NFD Director Chief and third firefighter to be selected for the nine-month program that assists community leaders in their roles as decision makers.

According to Leadership Nashville, the men and women selected for the program represent a diversity of races, religions, ages and political persuasion as well as geographical cross section of neighborhoods.

Each member commits an extensive amount of time to take part in retreats and monthly meetings. The program addresses issues facing Nashville such as crime, affordable housing, school finances, racial tension, transportation and arts funding. The class will hear about 125 speakers and make on-site visits to all parts of Nashville.

"It is my honor to join this important group of leaders as I look to move the Nashville Fire Department and the amazing personnel who serve into the future,” Director Chief William Swann said. “The exceptional work the Leadership Nashville Foundation has done for 42 years is a legacy of community leadership I hope to carry forward proudly.”

Nashville Fire Director Chief William Swann joined the Nashville Fire Department in 1995. In his 22 years of service has proven to be a detail oriented, hard-working and effective leader.

From his first day on the job as a firefighter Director Chief Swann had a plan to become a leader in the department.

Through hard work he has risen through the ranks of the NFD from a firefighter, to an instructor at the Nashville Fire Department Training Academy, to the director of the Office of Emergency Management and to the Deputy Fire Director.

Director Chief Swann is the first African American Deputy Director in Nashville history and the first African American Director Chief in the city’s history.

He is a Gulf War veteran and spent five years in the Army.

Director Chief Swann is active in the community. He serves as a deacon at his Mt. Vernon Missionary Baptist Church in Madison. He also teaches adult leadership classes as well as teaching CPR, First-Aid and Advanced Life Support classes.

Director Swann lives in the Nashville area with his wife of 28 years Connie. The couple has three children Sebastian (23), London (22) and L.A. (11).

About the Nashville Fire Department

The Nashville Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to Nashville, Tennessee. The department is responsible for an area of 533 square miles. The fire department started in May 1807 as a volunteer fire service and became a paid organization on July 24, 1860 with John S. Dashiell as the first chief. Nashville's first motorized fire engine was put into service in 1912. The department currently has 39 fire stations. In 1974, the Emergency Medical Services Division was added. All of the NFD firefighters are now cross trained as EMT's and Paramedics.

Director Chief William Swann