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Indy Airport Names New Fire Chief

Pervine brings 35 years of experience to his new airport leadership role

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 5, 2021) –The Indianapolis Airport Authority has named Fred Pervine as the new chief of the airport fire department. Pervine will have responsibility for fire service management at the Indianapolis International Airport (IND), and the reliever facilities at the Downtown Heliport, Eagle Creek Airpark, Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis Regional Airport, and the Metropolitan Airport. Pervine will also have oversight of mutual aid response to the surrounding Indianapolis community, on behalf of the IAA.

Having served with the Indianapolis Fire Department in various leadership roles for 35 years, Pervine brings a deep and rich experience in fire service leadership, prevention and investigation, search and rescue, hazard material management, and special operations. Pervine was on IFD special teams and served as a member of Indiana Task Force One for approximately ten years.

“Chief Pervine has managed complex multi-faceted projects and teams, and day-to-day oversight of fire service operations with the city,” said Keith Berlen, IAA’s senior director of operations and public safety. “He has proven experience and capability in leading community risk reduction, special large-scale incident operations, and in developing emergency management processes. We are proud to have Fred leading our fire safety team here at the Indy airport.”

Pervine also holds National Incident Management System and FEMA certifications, and has received several honors, including the American Red Cross Hall of Fame Hero Winner, Fire, Police & Sheriff’s Administrative Firefighter of the Year, Indianapolis Black Firefighter Administrative Firefighter of the Year and Public Safety Service Commendation.

In his spare time, Pervine serves as an assistant pastor at his church and enjoys spending time with his family, reading and mentoring others. Pervine is a life-long resident of Indianapolis.