Nine Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department firefighters are being promoted, according to Chief Shauwn Howell.

Nine Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department firefighters are being promoted, according to Chief Shauwn Howell.

A promotional ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at Station No. 3, 601 W. 32nd Ave. The public is invited to attend.

Those being promoted are:

* Battalion Chief Edward E. Pinkins Jr. — Pinkins is a 24-year veteran with the department. Battalion Chief Pinkins started his fire service career with the department on March 3, 1991, as a firefighter. Since joining the department, he has steadily moved up in the organization, becoming an engineer in 1999, a lieutenant in 2003 and a captain in 2008. He was promoted to battalion chief on Jan. 10, 2016.

Pinkins is a Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Technician, EMT instructor, Basic Life Support instructor, fire instructor, Hazardous Materials technician, 2012 Chief Officer graduate and past member of the Pine Bluff Fire & Emergency Services Crowd Management Task Force.

Pinkins is a Pine Bluff native. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1983 and continued his education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. In 1988 he graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Science in business administration. In 1991 he completed Fire Fighter Standards from the Arkansas Fire Academy. In 2000 he received an Associate’s Degree in fire science technology from Southeast Arkansas College, graduating with highest honors.

Professional affiliations include the Fraternal Order of Firefighters, the International Association of Professional Black Firefighters, Lifetime Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Southwestern Province Lifetime Member (Kappa Alpha Psi) and a member of Pine Bluff Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Pinkins is the son of Edward Pinkins Sr. and the late Doretha Pinkins. He has been married to his wife Pamela for 18 years, and they have two sons, Christopher, 16, and Stephen, 13.

Pinkins is an active member of the New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, where he serves on the usher’s ministry.

Personal motto: "If you believe it, you can achieve it"

* Capt. Bruce Bailey, a 17-year veteran, is a 1990 graduate of Pine Bluff High School. He has moved through the ranks of firefighter, engineer and lieutenant. He continued his education and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1997.

After becoming a part of the fire department, he also obtained his Associate of Applied Sciences degree in fire sciences from Southeast Arkansas College in 2003.

Bailey currently holds five international certifications, two national certifications, two certifications on the state level and one state license. In 2013 he was awarded the Pine Bluff "Eyes and Ears" Commendation Award for bravery, commitment, dedication and extraordinary work performance to save a life during a fire.

In addition to his formal degrees and certifications, Bailey has completed about 42 continuing education and training courses related to Fire and Emergency Services, including Leadership I, II & III; Chief Officer Training Curriculum; Threat and Risk Assessment; and Homeland Security Liaison Officer.

He intends to pursue his Master of Public Administration degree in the near future.

Bailey is married to Tracy Bailey and has one daughter, Britney Radford.

Bailey is guided by his principle belief of maintaining a strong work ethic. He believes that the combination of his experience, education and interpersonal skills has shaped him into an effective leader and this promotion will help him to develop future leaders within the city of Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services

* Lt. Quinton Wade is a seven-year veteran. Wade is a 2004 graduate of Pine Bluff High School and will graduate in May from Arkansas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in information technology. Wade is a certified as a Safety Officer, Haz-Mat Awareness, Driver Operations, certified Emergency Medical Technician and Firefighter I & II.

* Lt. Michael Burnett is a 12-year veteran of the fire department. Burnett is a high school graduate and has attended college with plans to return to continue his education. He is a certified emergency medical technician. He and his wife Tonya have two children.

* Lt. Michael Burleson, a seven-year veteran, is a graduate of White Hall High School. Burleson is certified in Officer I &II, adjunct instructor at the Arkansas Fire Academy, Haz-Mat Technician, certified emergency medical technician, Inspector I & II, Certified Instructor and Arson Investigation.

* Engineer Eldon Still, a four-and-a-half year veteran, has an Associate of Applied Science degree. He is a 12-year military veteran serving in the United States Marine Corps and Arkansas Army National Guard. Still is a certified emergency medical technician and adjunct instructor at the Arkansas Fire Academy. He and his wife LaDonna have two children.

* Engineer Justin Taylor is a six-year veteran. He is a certified emergency medical technician. He and his wife Ashley have two children.

* Engineer Christopher Mackey is a four-year veteran. Mackey has attended Southeast Arkansas College in Pine Bluff and is currently attending Southern Arkansas University, pursuing his degree in fire science. Engineer Mackey is a certified emergency medical technician instructor, fire instructor, CPR instructor, Arkansas Law Enforcement Standards instructor, Advanced Auto Extraction Specialist, Rescue Diver, Swift Water, Rope Technician and Haz-Mat certified. He has one child.

* Engineer Alexander Bryant is a four-year veteran. Bryant is a 2000 of Pine Bluff High School and a 2011 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with degree in computer technology. Engineer Bryant graduated from Arkansas Fire Academy, completing Firefighter I & II, Driver’s Operations and is a certified emergency medical technician. Bryant has three children.