09/24/13 244 W, 1 I - + 2 - 4 Eastern Wake's New Fire Chief

David L. Cates has been appointed as the new Fire Chief/Administrator of Eastern Wake Fire Rescue. He took office on August 1. Chief Cates is a veteran firefighter and longtime fire instructor. He entered the fire service in October 1987, as a volunteer of the Parkwood Fire Department in Durham County. He served for almost fifteen years, as a volunteer, resident volunteer, part-time firefighter, and Board member. He held ranks including Captain and Training Captain. His first "real job" was selling ambulances and fire engines with Emergency Apparatus Inc. from 1990 to 1993.

He became certified as a fire instructor in 1993, with course instructor Greg Grayson. He was hired as a curriculum instructor at Wilson Community College in 1994. Cates worked as an instructor until 2013. During that time he completed the Masters Degree program from Oklahoma State University, with a Masters in Political Science with specialization in Fire and Emergency Services Administrator. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from North Carolina State University. Go Pack.

Cates moved to Wake County in 2002, and started volunteering at Western Wake Fire Rescue in October 2002. He was appointed Assistant Chief in early 2005, and as Fire Chief in January 2007. During that period he has served on the Wake County Fire Commission. Chief Cates is forty-six years old. He’s married and has three children, all boys. He affectionately calls them his Chief and his engine company. 

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Congratulations to Chief Cates and EWFD!
A.C. Rich - 09/25/13 - 10:31

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