Fire Chief

Fire Chief Miford Jordan

Chief M. Jordan

(334) 625-2930

Fire Chief Miford Jordan was born in Lowndes County (Ft. Deposit) to R. D. and Mary Jordan, a farmer and a seamstress. He is the 11th child of 12 children. He graduated from Lowndes County High School and was a star athlete in football. After graduating, he joined the United States Army National Guard, where he served for 12 years and was activated during desert storm in 1990.

Chief Jordan joined the Montgomery Fire Department in 1985 and has been with the Department for nearly 33 years. He worked his way through the ranks from firefighter to Deputy Fire Chief, where he was in this position for 10 years. After all his hard work and competitive attitude, in 2006 he was appointed as Fire Chief of the City of Montgomery by Mayor Bobby Bright. He has served over eleven years as Fire Chief.

In the 119 years of the City of Montgomery Fire Department history, he became the first African American to become Deputy Fire Chief and to be appointed Fire Chief. For the City of Montgomery, known as the birth place of the Civil Rights Movement, this shows progression, diversity, and this City has come a long way with change.

Chief Jordan’s motto is “Be competitive, be motivated, and you can do whatever you put your mind too.” Colossians 3:23, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

He has spent the past twenty one years focused on making Montgomery Fire/Rescue the best Fire Department in the Southeast. In November 2014, the Department was rated as an Insurance Service Office’s Class 1 Department. This is a major accomplishment since Montgomery Fire/Rescue is the first ISO Class 1 department in the history of Alabama.

He took the helm of a department focused on the fire service side of Public Safety, and created a system that works to ensure service in all areas of public safety. He revised promotion requirements and pay incentives to create a desire in our members to attend paramedic school and specialized training programs.

He established outlying engine companies as Advanced Life Support (ALS) pumpers to assist the medic units with large call volume. He established the city's first Dive Rescue Team, improved the capabilities of the Hazardous Materials Team and Technical Rescue Teams.

Being a believer of giving back to our community, he is proud of the support given to our community as the Montgomery Fire Department has raised $1,316,550.83 for MDA and $586,621.27 for the United Way over the last nineteen 19 years.   Over the past eight years, the Montgomery Fire Department has also donated approximately $45,000.00 to the Cancer Wellness Center and Women of Hope.    

Cardiac events are the number one killer of firefighters, therefore, he’s motivated to instill fitness in the Fire Department.  He worked with Auburn University of Montgomery (Dr. Hank Williford) to create a fitness program designed specifically for the Montgomery Fire Department firefighters.  This resulted in firefighters who meet strict weight standards, annual fitness evaluations, and annual physical job task assessments and compete nationally in fitness competitions.

In 2010, he established a Combat Challenge Team to compete against firefighters around the world.  Since that time, Montgomery Fire/Rescue has continued to demonstrate dedication to being the best.  The Combat Challenge Team were World Champions in 2014 and 2015, barley missed it in 2016 and once again in 2017 were named World Champions.   

Since 2011, the Montgomery Fire Department has hosted seven regional or national combat challenge competitions.  Their success as a department resulted in the event directors requesting Montgomery Fire/Rescue to host an 8th Regional event in June 2018. 

Chief Jordan serves on the Red Cross Board of Directors, the City of Montgomery Retirement Board and is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery Class 27 and City of Montgomery Executive Leadership Program.  He has received numerous certifications in fire related courses from Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa and the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  He is an active member of the Alabama Fire Chiefs Association, the Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and the National Association of Fire Chiefs. 

Chief Jordan and Carolyn have been married for over 36 years and they have one daughter, Andrea (husband - Greg).  They are also proud grandparents of two amazing grandchildren, (Braylon and Bradley).  They are members of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.  

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