Former Baton Rouge Fire chief dies
BATON ROUGE - Former Baton Rouge Fire Chief Thomas Woods died at Baton Rouge General Hospital this morning after a lengthy illness, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. He was 76.
Chief Woods was the first African-American to serve as chief of both the Baton Rouge and Baker Fire Departments. He served as BRFD chief from 1987 to 1988, and as Baker Fire chief from 2001 to 2004.
Woods was also a member of the Scotlandville/Banks Fire Diestrict from 1956 until 1980, when Scotlandville was annexed into Baton Rouge. He then served with BRFD from 1980 until his retirement in 1988.
He also served as a past president of the Baton Rouge Minority Firefighters' Association, and as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council from 1989 to 2000.
Woods is survived by his wife, a daughter and son, and two grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are not yet complete.