Fire Chief Joseph MurrayDearborn Fire Chief Joseph Murray was reelected this month as the president of the Western Wayne Fire Department Mutual Aid Association.

Since 2014, Murray has been a representative for the organization that works for the betterment of fire services in western Wayne County. He twice served on the board of directors.

The Western Wayne Mutual Aid Association includes fire chiefs from more than 20 communities.  The organization was founded to render reciprocal aid during emergencies, provide leadership and training in the fire service, promote community engagement, and create a forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions to common problems.

As president of the Mutual Aid Association, Murray continues his already extensive leadership role in Dearborn and the region and is in a position to share his expertise with area departments.  This will be his second term as president.

“I’m honored to have been reelected as association president.  This important group improves safety around the region and strengthens our department’s ability to protect residents and property,” Chief Murray said.

Chief Murray has shown his leadership in other ways as well, including the recent creation of the Dearborn Fire Department Training Academy. This state-of-the-art facility is being funded with a $1.1 million FEMA grant Murray pursued. In 2013, he spearheaded the Dearborn Fire Department’s consolidation with the Melvindale Fire Department, an initiative that has improved service in both communities.