Training documents reveal Assistant Chief Eddie Wilson doesn’t meet basic academic requirements to be an officer

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Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Wilson does not have the educational requirements to be even the lowest officer rank of Engineer.

Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Wilson does not have the educational requirements to even be the lowest officer rank of Engineer.

Documents obtained exclusively by the Hattiesburg Patriot reveal that newly promoted Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Wilson, not only lacked the certifications to take the exam for his previous Lieutenant's position; but he wasn't even qualified to take the Engineer's exam (a position below Lieutenant); this according to the department's own academic requirements.

Wilson leapfrogged over several more qualified people by three pay grades, (Captain and Battalion Commander), to land in the Assistant Chief's job on February 15th.

Qualified HFD officers, who were denied equal treatment under HFD Chief Paul Presley and the Civil Service Commission, were both black and white. The Hattiesburg Patriot has determined this isn't race related, but it is pure cronyism in its basic form; friends helping friends at the expense of the honest, hardworking, more deserving, and the qualified.

Poor, unethical leadership decisions like these by the Chief, and unethical behavior by the civil service commission, serve to destroy morale in the entire department. But what should one expect with a Chief who lacks certifications himself?  More on that in the next article.

According to HFD Chief Paul Presley, new firemen must serve four years before being eligible to take the Engineer's exam, from there the

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path upward is Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Commander, Assistant Chief, and Chief. A number of certifications and classes are required for each promotion.  Wilson only has two of the three of the basic requirements to sit for the Engineer's exam.  Those certifications are Pump Operator(Driver Operator) and Firefighter 1.

Wilson has never passed his basic Instructor certification (Instructor 1041), has no Officer's training courses (1021 Company Officer 1&2) and no Fireground Leadership (MSFA003) certifications; nor does he have the required Hazmat certification.

Training documents also reveal that four other applicants, who were passed over for the promotion, were all more qualified. (See documents embedded below.)  Lieutenant Eddie Wilson was actually the least qualified according to the Chief Presley's own requirements to be Assistant Chief; but that's what friends are for, right?

Fire Chief Paul Presley was asked by WDAM why Wilson was the most qualified. He said,

He is one of those guys I think he has the right mentality, definitely has the right attitude. To be the assistant chief, you’ve got to be able to work with people, and I think he has the right attitude and right personality for that position.”

Assistant Chief Wilson told WDAM,

It’s one of those jobs that there is a learning curve to it and I hope to overcome it and try to do the best I can,” Wilson said.

Below are the training certifications requirements with Chief Presley's requirements for the various Officer levels, Assistant Chief Wilson's certifications, and the certifications of four other individuals who were actually qualified for the job.

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30 thoughts on “Training documents reveal Assistant Chief Eddie Wilson doesn’t meet basic academic requirements to be an officer

  1. Curtis Boney

    He should be more concerned with finding qualified people than with finding ways to illegally hire his buddies! We ‘the people’ are sick of this Jackson style non-sense! Just look at Jackson now! 6 murders in 4 days last week. Dishonesty and corruption breed filth. If it is OK for leadership to lie about qualifications, then it must be OK for pookie to sell crack.

  2. Charlee Cole

    SPEND THE MONEY WHERE IT’S REALLY…REALLY NEEDED! What % of those APPOINTEE’S ARE OF THE ‘SO CALLED’ MINORITY PERSUASION! This is just ‘LIP SERVICES’ to satisfy a ‘minority/majority’ faction, percentage of our fine/FAIR city!!!

  3. Mark Pardue

    Just like public works. Like the new engineer said, ” I don’t know why he put a smaller pipe in the place where he took out a 4 foot pipe. Now the mess is to a point where they want to remove his work and cut off access to 2 of my lots. I have the letter.

  4. Tom Green

    Pitiful….it’s like, “lets raid the refrigerator while its stocked, and we can blame the others as to why it’s bare” syndrome. A day of reckoning is going to come upon these folks. I’m just hoping it’s got a lot of interest tacked on. I could care less about whether you are black or white or Asian or whatever, male or female. Corruption is corruption no matter how you look at it. And Hattiesburg has become a armpit of it in my opinion. I’m just glad I don’t live in the city limits.

  5. Michael James

    And this is EXACTLY what will happen to all the school districts in the state when the legislature, in their infinite wisdom, passes the bill currently before them to appoint, rather than elect, superintendents.

  6. Jessica Windham

    I know several HFD fireman. and I have hear many times that they are not afraid of the fires, they are Afraid of who the men are watching there butts.
    Stay safe Hattiesburg Fire. We have your backs even if the city that’s hired you doesn’t.

  7. Hattiesburg Patriot

    Fire Chief Paul Presley was asked by WDAM why Wilson was the most qualified. He said,

    “He is one of those guys I think he has the right mentality, definitely has the right attitude. To be the assistant chief, you’ve got to be able to work with people, and I think he has the right attitude and right personality for that position.”

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