The Linden Peters Fire Protection District is pleased to announce the selection of Kirk Noffsinger to replace retired Fire Chief Vic Solari.
The search for a new Fire Chief began a year ago and has been a long and at times exhausting process.
Eventually the search was expanded nationwide and more than 35 qualified individuals applied for the job. Applications were reviewed, backgrounds were checked, and interviews were conducted with the most qualified candidates.
Chief Noffsinger comes to Linden Peters from the Biloxi, Mississippi, Fire Department. He is
leaving a department where he most recently served as the second in command of that Department. As
you can imagine, his last two weeks there were very busy with the impact of hurricane Isaac making
landfall near Biloxi. Noffsinger began his career as a fire fighter in 1991 and progressed to the rank of
Assistant Chief. Among other assignments, he has worked as a fire station Captain, the Department’s
Deputy Chief of Training, and Deputy Chief of Operations. Kirk holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire
Science from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Disaster
Emergency Management from the American Military University and is currently enrolled in the
Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. Kirk’s military history includes the
Colorado National Guard, United States Navy, and the Mississippi National Guard where he was
activated as part of the 890
Engineering Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this
time he earned several awards from the US military. Noffsinger is a member and former president of
IAFF Local 1583, as well as a current member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the
Mississippi Fire Chiefs Association, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Fire Chiefs Association.
Chief Kirk Noffsinger will officially take the helm at the Linden Peters Fire Protection District on
September 17, 2012.