Khalilah Yancey has been an integral member of the Baltimore City Fire Department since she began her career as a fire cadet as a senior attending Baltimore City College high school. Her continuous dedication and passion for public service has allowed her to succeed at a high level throughout her tenure with the organization. Her motivation and thirst for knowledge are not just to increase her own personal skill set but to be in a position to better service the citizens of Baltimore and the members of the Baltimore City Fire Department.
Mrs. Yancey made it a goal of hers to serve in every capacity of the fire department so that she could gain an understanding of the many facets that help this business operate. To date she has worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the Fire Operations bureau which consists of suppression, emergency medical services, and the special operations command. She has also served in the Office of the Fire Marshal as a Fire Inspector and Lieutenant. In that capacity she conducts and supervises personnel performing building inspections, plans review, and public education. Mrs. Yancey has also worked as a Senior Operations Aide in the Office of the Director for Fire Logistics.
Mrs. Yancey continues to grow professionally in the fire service by being a lifelong learner and active in various organizations; such as Women in Fire, International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, and a member of the National Fire Protection Associations Responder Forum which brings together fire service leaders, up-and-coming first responders and subject matter experts to tackle the emerging issues faced by the fire service.
In 2019, Mrs. Yancey received a lateral promotion to Lieutenant within the Fire Operations Bureau where she leads members of a suppression unit. In January of 2022, she promoted to Captain in suppression. She holds a degree in Occupational Safety and Health and is currently enrolled in the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute. Her knowledge and global perspective undoubtedly add an executive level outlook to the conversation on 21st century Fire/EMS service, and her track record of scholarship and continuing education since joining the fire department allows her to connect theory and practical application together to improve on service delivery standards and models.