City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Battalion Chief, Eric Jones
Eric Jones currently serves as Battalion Chief in Emergency Services with Lincoln Fire Department. His career with the department began in 1994 as a firefighter. Eric has served as a Firefighter Paramedic at Stationís 1, 2, and 14. He was one of the departmentsí original paramedic preceptors evaluating the performance of newly hired paramedics to the EMS system. He was promoted to Fire Captain in 2003 and assigned to the department Training Division as a Training Captain. There his duties were to provide organizational training in addition to training to the members of Nebraska Task Force 1. Ericís area of specialty was instructing the department as well as the Urban Search and Rescue Team in Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction Response. In 2004 Eric was assigned to Station 9 where he served as company officer on Engine 9 and eventually House Captain. In 2009 Eric took on the responsibility of Accreditation Manager and assisted LF&R in achieving reaccredited status. In 2011 he was promoted to battalion chief. In his current capacity he is one of six duty shift battalion chiefs. He is responsible for the management of 14 fire stations and approximately 80 on duty personnel during the 24 hour duty shift.
As a battalion chief, Eric has oversight responsibility for several fire department programs and projects. Responsibilities include; liaison to the Emergency Communications Center, Special Events, and oversight of LF&R Information Technology. The Information Technology resources within LF&R include Geographic Information Systems, Information Management Systems, and the department Mobile Data Systems. Eric focuses on measuring organizational performance and efficiency to develop solutions for improvement.
Eric has served as a peer assessor and mentor for the Center of Public Safety Excellence, the fire service industry premier accrediting agency. In this capacity Eric reviews other fire and rescue agencies mentoring and reviewing the agency in preparation for accreditation.
Eric has been a member of the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team - Nebraska Task Force 1 since 1994. He has served as Rescue Specialist, Canine Search Specialist, Hazmat Team Manager, Search Team Manager, and currently serves as Task Force Leader. Eric has responded to the 9/11 World Trade Center Collapse, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Greensburg Tornado, DeBruce Grain Elevator Explosion, Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, Salt Lake City Olympics, Joplin Tornado, and Moore Oklahoma Tornado. In addition, Eric has responded to Hurricanes; Ike, Dolly, Gustav, Dean, and Opal. Eric also serves on the Task Force Steering Committee.
Eric has been published in fire service trade magazines and has participated as a technical editor for fire service publications. In 2009 he participated as a technical editor for a text on Technical Rescue for the International Association of Fire Chiefs as well as the National Fire Protection Agency through Jones & Bartlett Publishers. In 2010 he co-authored an article in FireRescue magazine on accreditation. Eric is the recipient of a variety of awards including; Firefighter of the Year Award, Sertoma Award, Firefighter of the Month Award, 2009 and 2010 Project Manager of the Year Runner-Up, Award of Merit, and the Chiefís Award of Excellence in 2010. In addition, Eric has earned numerous Phoenix, Unit Performance, and Outstanding Service awards.