DAVIDSON – The Town of Davidson announced that Darin McIntosh will serve the Davidson Fire Department as fire chief.

He replaces outgoing chief Josh Peklo who is moving to Minnesota. 

Davidson's former Fire Chief Josh Peklo

“We are sad to see former chief Josh Peklo leave our town, but appreciate the passion Darin shows as a leader,” said Town Manager Leamon Brice. “Darin carries on our tradition of Davidson natives or Davidson College graduates leading our fire department.”

McIntosh, 44, is a lifelong resident of Davidson and joined the DFD as a volunteer in 1996.

He is a graduate of North Mecklenburg High School and Appalachian State University, where he received a B.S. in Industrial Technology. 

He is a full-time employee of the Charlotte Fire Department where he has served for 11 years, the last four as Engineer (driver) of Rescue 10, where he handles technical rescues, and also serves in the manpower pool for the department. 

Prior to working for the CFD, he spent five years as a paramedic in Mecklenburg County.

“I have an overwhelming sense of commitment to this community,” said McIntosh. “My family has deep roots in Davidson and I’m proud to help take care of folks in the community; I was made to be a fire fighter.”

McIntosh holds the following North Carolina certifications:

NC Fire Fighter II

Technical Rescuer

Rope Rescue Specialist

Trench Specialist

Confined Space Specialist

Dive Rescue Specialist

Building Collapse Specialist (USAR – Urban Search and Rescue)

Surface Water Rescue Technician

Swift Water Rescue Boat Operator

North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician

He is also an emergency medical technician and fire and rescue instructor.  As a member of the DFD, he has held every rank including Fire Fighter, Captain, and Assistant Chief.