Meet the Chief

Acting Chief Ross O. Sheffield


Ross O. Sheffield began his fire service career with Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service in March 1990. During his tenure, he has held positions as Deputy Fire Chief, Assistant Chief of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and Training/Safety. Battalion Chief of Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Captain, Lieutenant, Apparatus Operator, and Firefighter. He maintains active membership in numerous professional and trade organizations.

Chief Sheffield holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, an Associate of Applied Science of Fire Science from Lawson State Community College, and an Associate of Science in Electronic Engineering Technology from RET’s Electronic Institute. He is also a Nationally Registered EMT Paramedic, receiving his certification from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Chief Sheffield has been an influencing factor in the department’s growth and has long been an avid supporter of fire service based emergency medical services (EMS). He attends Christian Valley Baptist Church in North Birmingham. He is married to Wanda D. Sheffield, they have one daughter Samantha, and one son Nathan.