The City of Eden is pleased to announce the appointments of two career firefighters as interim administrators in the Eden Fire Department. Todd Harden has been named interim fire chief while James Slaughter was named interim deputy fire chief, effective Feb. 10.
Harden, on his 19th year working for the city, had served as deputy fire chief and fire marshal since 2010. He has been acting fire chief since former Fire Chief Tommy Underwood’s retirement Jan. 1. In addition to being certified as a firefighter, Harden holds many certifications which include hazmat, technical rescue, and fire officer. He is a certified fire investigator, fire inspector, and fire instructor. Harden is also a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician and holds his North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certificate.
Slaughter has been an Eden firefighter since 1997, joining the department full time in 2006. He was promoted to captain in 2012 and served in that capacity until becoming acting deputy fire chief on Jan. 1. Slaughter also holds many certifications, including fire officer, fire instructor, fire inspector, fire and life educator, hazmat, and technical rescue. He is a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician as well.
Mayor Neville Hall congratulated the men on their promotions. “We appreciate Todd and James taking on these leadership roles,” he said. “On behalf of the citizens, we thank them and all of our Eden firefighters for continuing to provide for our safety.”