From April 16, 1984 until the present day, Deputy Chief Fred A. Mitchell Jr. has been working in the fire service. He started working in the Cumberland Hill Fire District as an on-call firefighter in 1984, and then rose to position of line firefighter for Ashton Fire District in 1986 – it has all been uphill from there.
Most of his experience has been in the North Cumberland Fire District, from October 1988 until November 2014, where he rose to the ranks of deputy chief and has been working as Deputy Chief for Cumberland Fire District until he accepted the position as Chief of Department for the Georgetown Fire Department.
Chief Mitchell Jr. attended the Community College of Rhode Island in 2006 to get his associates degree, and Anna Marie College in 2014 to get his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Fire Science.
His certification includes courses at the Rhode Island Fire Academy, the Emergency Management Institute, and the Community College of Rhode Island.
Chief Mitchell Jr. holds multiple certificates of attendance from the Emergency Management Institute, the Emergency Management Agency (State of Rhode Island), the Texas Engineering Extension Service, the National Fire Academy, the Barnstable County Fire and Rescue Training Academy, the Connecticut Fire Academy, the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, and many others. Some of these certificates include:
- National Traffic Incident Management Responder Course, June 24, 2014
- Leadership 3: for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Supervisory Success, September 25-26, 2014
- National Response Framework, an Introduction, October 14, 2014
- And many more.
His affiliates include the Rhode Island Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, as well as the National Fire Protection Association Fire Service Section.