MURFREESBORO, Tenn.—Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department Administrative Support Specialist Ashley McDonald has been named department public information officer by Fire Chief Cumbey Gaines.
Her appointment was effective July 1.
McDonald has been with the department since 2007. She earned a Bachelors Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations from Middle Tennessee State University. She produces the departments newsletter, The Extinguisher and has designed most of the department’s brochures, pamphlets, flyers and other publications. She is also lead contact for scheduling PR events and station tours. She will assume the department’s PIO duties from Assistant Chief Allen Swader, whose responsibilities of being the department’s PIO have not allowed him to be able to devote his full attention to his primary duties as Assistant Chief of Training.
“I feel that Ashley will fit nicely into this role particularly with her background in PR,” Swader said. “I will be working closely with her in the months ahead to provide her with the knowledge that I have gathered the last couple of years.
“I know she will do well,” he added.