The "A" shift of the Fredericksburg Fire Department was created after World War II when the department expanded with additional career firefighters. It along with "B" shift were the only two rotating shifts operated with personnel working every other day and receiving a "Kelly" day off to allow for additional off time. This occurred until 1987 when seven additional firefighters were hired and the current 3-platoon system was established. Like most fire departments, the personnel assigned to the "A" shift come from various backgrounds and have a variety of talents and skills that lend themselves to solving most problems that our customers approach us with. As with smaller departments, many of the personnel assigned to the shift have added responsibilities and they handle those functions well.

"A" is fortunate to have stability in leadership at the top as only 4 persons have been commander of the "A" shift since 1960. Those individuals display a "can do" attitude and knowledge base that they continued to pass on to all the personnel who have worked for them over the years.

Staff Member
Retirement Year
Lt. W.R. "Rudy" O’BryhimRetired 1974
Capt. Gary G. McIntireRetired 1991
Battalion Chief Michael J. Jones1992 - promoted to Deputy Chief 2012
Battalion Chief Brandon Bass2012 - Present

A - Shift is comprised of 20 personnel who cover two stations and staff four Companies.

Engine 1
Truck Company
Engine 2
EMS Company
Captain BelmanLt. Robey
Lt. HenselLt. Athenry
FF HouckFF Critzer
FF/Medic I HoldenFF/Medic II Nowakowski
FF Freeman
FF/Medic II Carter
FF Buchanan
FF/Medic II Parrotte
FF ShelerFF/Tech II Newton
FF MannFF/Medic I Gray

FF/EMT Miller

FF/Medic I Tanner