Tiffanye S. Wesley
Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Arlington Fire Dept, VA
Tiffanye S. Wesley is celebrated as a leader and trailblazer. The author, trainer and inspirational speaker is also a Fire/EMS Battalion Chief with the Arlington County Fire Department in Arlington, Virginia – the first African American female to be promoted to this level of leadership in the department’s 78-year history.
A 25-year veteran of the Arlington County Fire Department, Tiffanye has served in numerous positions. The most notable positions include Nationally Certified Bomb Technician and Bomb Commander, Station Commander for the largest and busiest firehouse in Arlington and most recently Battalion Chief. As a Battalion Chief, Tiffanye is responsible for effective supervision, management and coordination of emergency scene operations, as well as; daily operations of a battalion which includes 5 fire stations and approximately 40 personnel.
As a John Maxwell certified speaker, trainer and coach, Tiffanye ignites audiences all over the country with her leadership and development classes, as well as, her inspirational speeches. This year she will be presenting for the 3rd year in a row at the largest Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC), normally attended by more than 39,000 industry leaders. She has also been selected the be the Keynote Speaker for the 2019 I-Women conference.
As an Author, Tiffanye released her published work in the book anthology, No More Chains. Her story is also profiled in a 2017 documentary by the same title.
Tiffanye’s story has been featured in several local news segments, as well as, several internet projects published by Georgetown University Journalism students. Her most prized interview to date was her 2016 ‘Leading Lady’ segment on the Harry Connick Jr. Show.
This ‘woman on fire’ is an inspiration to men and women all over the country because of her transparency and story of determination and commitment in a career no one ever thought she would survive. Her ‘Nevertheless, she persisted’ attitude has allowed her to climb the ladder of success even when the odds were stacked against her.
Tiffanye uses prayer, poetry and daily positive affirmations to keep focused and renewed.
She also commits to a healthy lifestyle of eating and exercise.
She is married to her best friend, Eric Wesley, who is also a Lieutenant in Arlington County. They have four beautiful children, 2 of which also work in public safety and one grandchild.