2013 Black Excellence Awards Public Service Honoree Battalion Chief Brian Smith

March 15, 2013
Battalion Chief Brian Smith Milwaukee Fire Department

Battalion Chief Brian Smith
Milwaukee Fire Department

Public Service

Milwaukee native Brian Smith joined the Army right after graduating from Solomon Juneau High School. When he returned home, he worked for Milwaukee Public Schools and Loomis Armored, but his yearning to serve was still there. When the opportunity to take the Milwaukee Fire entrance exam came, Brian found a way to satisfy that yearning.

Brian joined the Milwaukee Fire department looking for a job. What he found was a calling he has served in for more than twenty years, a demanding calling that provided Brian with the opportunity to serve his community and be a part of a an extensive fraternity.

Brian first joined Engine Company 30, headquartered on Teutonia and Locust. He also complete paramedic training, and served with engine and paramedic companies for the first 10 years. His first assignment as lieutenant was watch commander for Engine Company 36. He also served as director of community relations.

Brian was promoted to captain in May 2009, and commanded Ladder 13 and the fi re investigation unit. He attained the rank of battalion chief in January of 2012. Brian’s fi rst assignment in his new rank was commander, Battalion 3. In this capacity, he commanded 8 firehouses, covering the entire southwest corner of the city of Milwaukee. He was also present for all emergencies in the battalion area. In December 2012, Brian assumed his current duties as Commander, Special Operations, overseeing the training and qualifications of several units that have a wide variety of missions.

Of all the many accomplishments, the one that gives Brian the most pride is being a role model to the community. Brian firmly believes that the MFD is a positive force in the community, and he wishes to maintain those ties.

Brian has been married to his wife, Courtney, for eighteen years. They have three daughters: Marquita, Tiera, and Vanessa; and a son, Brian, Jr.