Tuesday East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas announced that Dawn Carson, the city’s interim fire chief, has been appointed to the position permanently.
Carson has served with the East Lansing Fire Department (ELFD) since 1994. She has a master’s degree in Organizational Management from Siena Heights University and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Central Michigan University. She also has received several certificates of completion as well as education and training from Lansing Community College, the State of Michigan and FEMA in the fields of emergency medical services, firefighting and search and rescue.
Carson is the first female fire chief the city has had.
“In Chief Carson’s 27 years with ELFD, she has proven to be a dedicated professional who has risen through the ranks of the department as a result of her high standard of service and leadership,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas.