Fire Chief Biography

A biography of Chief Douglas M. Remaley

Chief Douglas M. Remaley began his fire career as a volunteer with the Eastport Volunteer Fire Company when he was only 16 years old.  He was hired in 1986 as a career Firefighter with the Annapolis Fire Department working his way up through the ranks until his appointment by Mayor Gavin Buckley as Fire Chief in August 2019.  He brings many technical skills to the position including; Incident Command, EMS, Special Operations, Technical Rescue, Fire Suppression, HazMat, Health & Safety, Strategic Planning, Fire Training Academy, Marine Operations, Fire & Explosives Investigations, Bomb Squad, K-9 Operations, Officer Training and Labor Relations.  During his education, he attended the Anne Arundel Training Academy, Anne Arundel Community College, Anne Arundel County Police Academy, Federal Bureau of Investigations, the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University receiving many qualifications including a Master of Science Degree in Management.  

Chief Remaley has always been well respected by both firefighters and Officers of the department and is known for his balanced mediation of issues.  During his swearing-in ceremony, Chief Remaley stated that his top priority will be the health and safety of our firefighters.  He plans to work with the Mayor, City Council and Firefighters’ IAFF Local 1926 Union to do everything possible to make sure all of our personnel go home safely to their families and live a long & healthy life.