Lieutenant Rickey Walker of the Collierville Fire Department will be promoted to Battalion Chief effective October 29, 2017. Walker (pictured) is a Collierville native and graduated from Collierville High School. After graduating from the University of Memphis and the Tennessee Fire Service and Code Enforcement Academy, he pursued his education in the field even further by graduating from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Walker is a licensed Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and is certified as a Hazardous Material State Instructor.
Besides serving as a past president for the Tennessee Firefighters Association and Collierville Crime Stoppers, Walker is a member of the Collierville Civic Club and is on the Collierville Education Foundation Board. Walker is also a graduate of Leadership Collierville and a past recipient of the Collierville Firefighter of the Year award.
Walker not only serves his immediate community with his skills and experience, but he’s also an active member of Tennessee Task Force One (TN-TF1), a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force based in Memphis. He’s been deployed on more than a dozen target disasters over the past fifteen years, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, Weapons of Mass Destruction terrorist attacks, and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. His most recent deployment was assisting citizens trapped by floodwaters in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
As a Battalion Chief, Walker will work a 24 hour shift and manage five firehouses. This includes coordinating fire, emergency medical, hazardous material and technical rescue responses as well as supervising Fire Lieutenants at fire ground operations.
"During Lieutenant Walker’s 32 years of service and as a company Lieutenant, he has strived to prepare him-self for this day by attending many fire leadership classes, some required while others were not,” said Collierville Fire Chief Buddy Billings. “I'm very excited for Rickey and for the fire department. He brings a vast amount of knowledge to this position and I know he will do an outstanding job!”