Volunteer and Combination Officers Section

Donna Black, EFO, CFO
Fire Chief, Duck Fire Department (NC)

Chief Donna BlackChief Donna Black has been active in the fire service for over 20 years. She began her career in 1997 as a volunteer, earning her way through the ranks (as both a paid and volunteer firefighter), culminating in 2006 when she was selected as the Fire Chief for the Town of Duck. Chief Black received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and went on to obtain her Master of Arts from the University of Georgia. She graduated the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program in 2011. While attending the EFO program, her study focused on evaluating and improving the operations of the Duck Fire Department. After collaborating with the Town Manager, and educating both the Town Council and community about fire operations, Chief Black justified the necessity of procuring career firefighter positions. These proactive changes increased the level of service for the Town and shaped the Duck Fire Department into a thriving combination department.

Chief Black holds a post-graduate Certificate in Community Preparedness & Disaster Management from the Gillings School of Public Health at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and authored the Town of Duck’s Emergency Operations Plan. She currently holds her Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) and has served on several Boards including: Volunteer Combination Officers Section (VCOS); Vice-Chairperson for the Council For Future Volunteer Firefighters (CFVF) and FRI Program Planning Committee/Council. Most recently Chief Black was chosen to Co-Chair the Women Fire Chiefs Council (WFCC). She continues to advocate for highly effective and inclusive volunteer and combination fire departments.