Goldsboro Fire Chief Joe Dixon recently created a new position within the Goldsboro Fire Department in an effort to increase personnel efficiency.

As of February, James Farfour has stepped into the new position of deputy fire chief — a new position that is second-in-command to fire chief. Farfour, who has served the department for 25 years, is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of the fire department.

“I am honored to serve as the Goldsboro Fire Department’s deputy chief,” Farfour said. “I have been fortunate throughout my career to work alongside some great people and developed some great relationships.

“It has always been my honor to serve as a firefighter, and I look forward to preparing our department for the future.”

Farfour was selected for the position of deputy fire chief, which receivers an $81,000 yearly salary, out of a competitive pool of nearly 40 applicants. His official starting date as deputy fire chief was Feb. 13.

“Dozens of candidates from all across the United States applied,” Dixon said. “Chief Farfour impressed us with both his professional knowledge base and a palpable desire to be a part of the vision to advance the Goldsboro Fire Department to new levels of community service and professional excellence.”

Farfour was born and raised in Goldsboro and attended Eastern Wayne High School. He earned associate degrees from Wayne Community College and Wilson Community College in corrections and fire protection. He first began working with the Goldsboro Fire Department in February 1994 and worked his way through the ranks.

Farfour served as interim fire chief from November 2017 to July.

Farfour’s duties will include overseeing all on-duty shift captains, stepping in as incident commander on a fire scene when necessary and fulfilling the role of fire chief if Dixon is ever out of the office. He said the new position will allow the fire department to operate more efficiently and expand programs that have slowed down due to lack of personnel, such as the water rescue team and the arson investigation team.

Dixon initially created the new position of deputy chief as the first step in a reorganization of the fire department’s command structure. He said the new structure will create a more efficient workflow for administrative tasks and allow flexibility in field staffing.

“The reorganization may sound a little confusing, and there are many positions people might not be familiar with. But, it’s a paramilitary structure,” Farfour said. “The reorganization will allow more flexibility for response personnel and provide a greater margin of safety for our personnel and those we serve.”