IABPFF President
Carrie Edwards-Clemons
Flint, MI


Graduated in 1985 from Flint Northwestern High School as an Urban League Black Scholar. Carrie was offered a full scholarship to attend Jackson State University (HCBU) and the University of Michigan. Carrie attended Jackson State University for 3 years then went on to earn a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.B.A/Public Administration from Columbia Southern University.


Hired into the Flint Fire Department in 1999 as a Firefighter/Trainee and served the department and community as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire I & II Instructor, EMS Instructor Coordinator, Suppression officer, EMSSupervisor, Haz-Mat Technician, CPR instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor, Building Inspector and Code Enforcement officer. She now serves as Deputy Chief and is the first female to hold that rank and the highest-ranking female in the department’s 165-year history. Carrie is also the grant writer for the department and has secured SAFER, Assistance to Firefighter grants and Community Block Grants in excess of 22 million throughout her career. Outside of the fire department, Carrie has worked as an, Emergency Room Technician, Public Safety Officer and Teacher with Flint Community Schools. 

Fire Related Certification:

Fire I & II, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Firefighter I & II Instructor, EMS Instructor Coordinator,

BLS Instructor, Fire Officer I & II, Leadership I, II & III, Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor, Hazardous Materials Instructor, Fire Inspector I & II and Plan Examiner, Education Methodology, Incident Safety Officer, Health and Safety Officer, Managing Co. Tactical Operations and NIMS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 & 800.


Carrie has served the IABPFF as Executive Vice President, Recording Secretary and North Central Region Director. She has served the NCR as 2nd Vice Director, Recording Secretary and Black Women in the Fire Service Chair.  She has also served her local Chapter, Society of Minority Firefighters-Flint, as Vice President, Recording Secretary, Trustee and Executive Director. Carrie has also held the positions of 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Trustee of IAFF Local 352.


Carrie is unwavering in her efforts to support and give back to community. She has coordinated with the IABPFF’s “No Child Left Behind” and “Climbing for Life” safety initiatives providing 2nd story escape ladders, smoke alarms, CO detectors and training to the Flint community. She has coordinated programs with the Michigan State Fire Inspectors Association, The Hartford, The American Red Cross and First Alert providing safety initiatives throughout the State of Michigan. She volunteers with various non-profits during food give-a-ways, water distributions, health initiatives, and career fairs. Carrie is also a “Bigs in Blue” Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County.


Genesee County Haz-Mat Team / Genesee County Medical Control Authority / Michigan Fire Instructors Association / Genesee County Fire Chief’s Association/ Society of Michigan EMS Instructor Coordinator/ Michigan Fire Inspectors Association / Black Chief Officers Committee/ Jackson State University Flint Alumni Association (Vice President) / NAACP-Flint Branch /NCNW – National Council of Negro Women /Flint Area (MI) Chapter of the Links Incorporated.


Hero of the Game, University of Michigan/ Friend of Girl Scouting Award / Metal of Commendation/ Firefighter of the Year/ Living Legacy Award, State of Michigan/ Olive R. Beasley Tribute Award, Civil Service Commission/ Outstanding Service Award, Men of Tomorrow/ Overall Best Award/ State Of Michigan Special Tribute/ Alcorn State University Alumni Association Community Service Award/ IABPFF Presidential Award/ Certificates of Appreciation


Two sons Lawrence and Daniel both Firefighters with the Flint Fire Department; one daughter, Tera Lynn who is a student at EMU, and four amazing grandchildren.

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