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Thursday December 14, 2017

Western Director


Winfield Abee

Lovelady Fire and Rescue
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  • 828-879-9801 Work
  • 828-217-1399 Cell

Positions Held:  Lovelady Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department:

Chief 2001-present

1981-present with ranks of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Fire Prevention Officer, Training Officer, and Captain

City of Newton Fire Department: 1987-1998

Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Fire Inspector, Training Officer, and Captain

Regional Fire-Rescue Training Coordinator:

NC Community Colleges 1998-current

Adjunct Instructor: National Fire Academy, numerous colleges Curriculum and Continuing Education

Western NC Association of Firefighters:

Member since 1981-current, 2nd Vice-President (2003), 1st Vice-President (2004),

President (2005), Past President (2006).

Other Assoc. Positions Held:

Burke County Firemen’s Association-Member   1981-current

Buke County Firemen’s Association–President   2012-current

North Carolina State Firefighter’s Association Member   1981-current

NC Society of Fire-Rescue Instructors Society-Member   1989-current

Recording Secretary 2000-2006, 2nd Vice-President   2006-2010.

Member NC Association of Rescue Squads and EMS   1991-current

NC Association of Fire Chiefs-member     2001-current

NC International Association of Arson Investigators-member   1991-current

Burke County Search and Rescue-member   1991-current



2006      Master of Science—Executive Fire Service Leadership

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ – GPA 4.00

2003      Executive Fire Officer Program Graduate

National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, MD

2000       Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice

Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC – GPA 3.45

1995      Associate Degree in Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology

Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC. – GPA 3.86


L.P. Gas Instructor

Live Burn Specialist

Certified Fire Investigator

Certified Rescue Technician and Rescue Technician Instructor

Hazardous Materials Instructor

Firefighter Level II

Fire Instructor Level II

Certified NC Code Enforcement Official, Fire Inspector Level III

NC Criminal Justice Division Fire and Explosives Instructor

NC Sheriffs’ Standard Limited Lecturer

Certified Search and Rescue Technician III


Special Recognition / Awards:

Burke County Firefighter of the Year 1985

Lovelady Fire Department Firefighter of the Year 1985

Lovelady Fire Department Officer of the Year 1991

Civic/Community Organizations Candidate Belongs to/Participates with:

Member Icard’s Grove Baptist Church, Church Building and Grounds Committee, Toys for TOTS, Western Piedmont Community College Emergency Services Scholarship, National Fire Academy Alumni, Town of Rutherford College Annual Christmas Parade, and Town of Connelly Springs Town Day, Vice President Abee Family Reunion.