Alvin D. Benson

Director of Fire Services

Alvin D. Benson began his career with the Memphis Fire Department on January 20, 1987. As a firefighter, he was assigned to Engine 16 and later to Air Crash before being promoted in 1994 to Fire Inspector.

After promotion to Fire Prevention Supervisor in 1998, Benson was assigned to the Fire Museum of Memphis and oversaw the museum’s public fire safety education program at the new facility.

In 2002, success in his role as Fire Prevention Supervisor lead to an appointment to Chief Fire Marshal. Notably, Benson became the youngest and first African American to serve in the position. In April 2004, Benson was appointed to Deputy Director.

During his tenure as a Fire Prevention Supervisor, Benson completed his degree at the University of Memphis, where he earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies with majors in Fire Prevention Technology and Fire Administration. In 2006, Benson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University.

During his career, Benson has achieved awards and certifications, served as department spokesperson, served on various boards and committees, and served as interim director of the Fire Museum of Memphis. He remains active in local, state and national organizations designed to enhance the fire service.

In addition to being a fire service leader, Benson enjoys the outdoors, is an active member of his church, and is a talented singer. He and his wife Audrey were married in 1994 and have four children.

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