Mayor's Corner

Sep 16

[ARCHIVED] MEET THE TEAM: Patrick J. Kearns, Fire Chief

The original item was published from September 16, 2015 3:06 PM to September 14, 2016 8:41 AM

Chief KearnsI periodically feature our colleagues in government so you can get to know us better.  I wanted to use this opportunity to introduce you to a team member who has served the City of Beachwood for nearly 40 years.  

Beachwood Fire Chief Patrick J. Kearns leads more than 48 employees dedicated to protecting life and property by promoting quality, progressive and performance-based services. The department provides these services with compassion and professionalism through education and teamwork.  

So please, take a minute to learn more about Chief Kearns as he shares a bit with us in this interview:

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Cleveland, went to St. Joseph High School and attended Lakeland Community College. I married my high school sweetheart, Laureen.  We have three beautiful children and three grandchildren currently. We just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year. 

Tell us about your biggest professional victory.

I was hired by the City in 1976 as a Firefighter. I knew then my ultimate goal was to become Fire Chief. Achieving that goal in 2003 was among my greatest accomplishments.

As a department, I am extremely proud that we received accreditation from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), a division of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, which provides an internationally recognized benchmark system to measure the delivery of fire and emergency services to a community.  Beachwood Fire Department was the sixth in the state, and the 122nd out of more than 43,000 fire departments in the country to receive this recognition at that time.   

And your next goal?

Looking forward to my next challenge in retirement.

What is your favorite part about your job?

Helping to keep people safe is rewarding work. I couldn’t do that without a fantastic team. My co-workers are the backbone of our operation. They are my favorite thing here.

In addition to my colleagues, I like that every day in this job presents a new challenge. It’s never boring. 

Where are your favorite places in the world, outside of Beachwood?

I love to vacation in the Caribbean and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Sunshine, relaxation and excellent golf - what’s not to love? 

What is your favorite band?

The Stones (Rolling Stones).  No matter the stress of the day, a little “Satisfaction” puts me in a great mood.