Frank Blackley

Frank Blackley / Business Unit Leader
Fire and Life Safety


Summary of Qualifications

Chief Blackley has more than 35 years of experience in the fire service and has served with several departments in southeastern North Carolina. His service began at the Wilmington Fire Department, after spending nearly 10 years at the Wrightsville Beach Fire Department. In 1996, he began working with New Hanover County Fire Rescue as a fire inspector/investigator. In 1999, he returned to the Wilmington Fire Department as an inspector and was promoted to Assistant Chief and Fire Marshal in 2001. He served in this role until 2009, then transferred to Assistant Chief of Operations. In 2012, he assumed his last role as Assistant Chief of Support Services.

Chief Blackley brings a long list of education, experience, and technical expertise to AP Triton. With experience in both combination and career departments, he possesses a demonstrated record of professionalism and a commitment to excellence. In addition to fire administration and management accomplishments, Chief Blackley has contributed to Vision 20/20 as a technical advisor for several states and development of a new Outcome Measures Guide. He has spoken nationally on Community Risk Reduction and how to use data in the decision-making process. He is familiar with the Center for Public Safety Excellence accreditation process and has written several categories for his department.

Educational Background

  • University of North Carolina Wilmington, Master’s Public Administration, Urban and Regional Policy and Planning, 2011
  • Executive Fire Officer Program, Emmitsburg, MD 2009
  • University of Maryland University College, Bachelor of Science in Fire Science, 1996
  • Guilford Technical Community College, Associate of Science in Fire Science
  • Commission on Professional Credentialing, Chief Fire Officer

Professional Experience

  • Consultant, Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), 2019-2020
  • Technical Advisor, Vision 20/20
  • Assistant Fire Chief, City of Wilmington, NC
  • Deputy Fire Marshal, New Hanover County, NC

Relevant Experience

  • President, North Carolina Fire Marshal’s Association
  • Chair, New Hanover County Public Safety Communication Center Policy Board
  • Member, North Carolina Fire Code Revision Committee

Associated Professional Accomplishments

  • Assisted in development of the Community Risk Reduction course for National Fire Academy
  • Developed the Outcome Measures Guide for Vision 20/20
  • Published author, Crisis Response Journal, Hurricane Florence: Response and Recovery


Note: This is a summary of Mr. Blackley’s CV. A complete version can be made available on request.