Meet the Fire Administration

Fire Chief Damien Locklear

Fire Chief 
 Damien Locklear


Phone:  252-939-3164

Chief Locklear started with the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue in January 2019.  Previous fire service experience includes affiliations with Evans Cross Roads Fire Department, Cumberland Road Fire Department, and the City of Fayetteville Fire Department.  Since starting his career in 2005, Chief Locklear has been afforded the opportunity to serve in many capacities to include Suppression/Operations, Recruitment, Fire & Life Safety Education, Training, and Administration. 

Chief Locklear is certified in many areas of the fire service.  Some of these include; Fire Officer III, Technical Rescuer, Fire Instructor II, Fire & Life Safety Education III, Chief 101, and Emergency Medical Technician.  Chief Locklear holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Waldorf University, Forest City, Iowa.  

Chief Locklear believes strongly in the current mission of the department and has placed his focus on a proactive vision for the department’s future.  One that is based on continuous improvement moving forward as we provide the highest level of professional service to our customers through Pride, Proficiency & Integrity.  The foundation of this vision begins with a high emphasis on Training, Physical Fitness & Mental Health, Community Involvement, Pride & Ownership, Communication, and Morale. 

Deputy Fire Chief Chad Jackson

Deputy Fire Chief 
 Chad Jackson


Phone:  252-526-2712

Deputy Fire Chief Jackson began his career with the Department in 2003.  Deputy Fire Chief Jackson went quickly through the ranks and became an Operations Captain on A Shift in April of 2014.  He served as Captain with several different companies and is a member of the Fire Origin and Cause Investigation Team.  Deputy Fire Chief Jackson has certified in many different categories within the career field of Firefighting such as Technical Rescuer, Confined Space Rescuer, Paramedic, Fire Officer I and II and Level I Fire Inspector.  He is a Qualified North Carolina Firefighter Instructor as well.  Deputy Fire Chief Jackson completed the Executive Fire Officer Leadership Program through Wilson Community College.  
October of 2021, Deputy Fire Chief Jackson became the Training Captain and the Department Safety Officer within the Department of Fire and Rescue.  In June of 2022, Deputy Fire Chief Jackson received his State of North Carolina Standard Certificate for Fire Inspector Level II, with his Probationary Certification as a Fire Inspector Level III.  In October of 2022, he was officially promoted to the Rank of Deputy Fire Chief of the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue.  

Lieutenant Banks Nimmo

Administration Captain
 Stevens Nimmo


Phone:  252-526-2713

Lieutenant Nimmo started his career with the department in October 2016. He was promoted to Lieutenant in October 2021. Lieutenant Nimmo is certified in many areas of the fire service. Some of these include; Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer I, Technical Rescuer, Hazardous Materials Operations, Chief 101, and Emergency Medical Technician. He currently holds an Associates degree in Fire Protection Technology.

Captain Tim Mooring

Training Captain 
 Timothy Mooring


Phone:  252-939-3939

Captain Timothy Mooring was practically born into the Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue because his father, former Battalion Commander Timmy Mooring, was his predecessor.  Captain Mooring started his career here in July of 2013.  He worked his way through all of the ranks and made Captain in 2019.  Through his career, Captain Mooring has certified as an North Carolina State Instructor, North Carolina State Emergency Medical Technician and North Carolina State Fire Investigations Technician.  Captain Mooring became the Training Captain in October of 2022.  


Fire Inspector
 Randy Jones


Phone:  252-939-3228

Inspector Jones has been in the Fire-Rescue-EMS service since 1997. He has worked in both the volunteer & career capacities during his 26 years of service. During his years of service, he has held various positions from a Firefighter/ EMT up to the rank of Assistant Chief as a volunteer member & from a Firefighter/ Paramedic up to the rank of Captain as a career fire service member. While serving as a Captain with his previous career department he also held the position of Deputy Fire Marshal. Inspector Jones has two AAS degrees one in Emergency Management & another in Emergency Medical Science. He is also currently furthering his education through the BS degree program in Fire & Emergency Services Administration at Fayetteville State University, & will graduate in December of 2023. Inspector Jones has a Standard Fire Inspector Level III certificate from the NC Code Officials Qualification Board, & is also a graduate of the NC Fire Prevention School. He also has various certifications through the NC Fire & Rescue Commission such as Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor II, Fire/ Arson Investigator, Fire Investigation Technician, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, Firefighter I & II, Haz-Mat Level I. He also is a credentialed Level II Paramedic Instructor as well as a Paramedic level care provider by the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services. Born & raised in Lenoir County, he resides with his wife of twenty years & their son who will graduate from South Lenoir High School as part of the Class of 2023. 

Administration Assistant Britany Baughman

Administration Assistant  
Britany Chadwell


Phone:  252-939-3164

 Ms. Chadwell was born and raised in Lenoir and Greene County. In 2012 she worked at her local stores. Until 2014 where she then worked at Gold's Gym as a Supervisor. Ms. Chadwell then started with the City of Kinston as of October 2015 as a Customer Service Representative. She transferred from Customer Service to an Administrative Assistant for Kinston Department of Fire and Rescue in June 2020.