Captain Shelly L. Carter

Shelly L. Carter began her fire service career with the City of Hartford Fire Department in July 1999. She was assigned to Engine Company 9 where she worked as a structural firefighter until she was promoted to Pump Operator in December 2011. Having to prove herself among a predominately male role, she began to reach for higher success. Later Shelly was the assigned Driver/Engineer to Engine Company 10 and Engine Company 16. In August 2015 P.O. Carter was promoted to Lieutenant in the Fire Marshal’s office where she was working as a Fire Prevention Lieutenant, Arson Investigator and Fire Code Official. Lieutenant Carter was detailed to the Special Services Division as well as the Training Division as in instructor.  On May 21st, 2019 Lieutenant Carter was promoted to Captain Executive Officer. She is now House Captain @ Engine Company 5

In pursuing advancement of her career Captain Shelly Carter has obtained numerous certifications such as Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Hazmat Operational, National Incident Management Systems, Station Evaluator, Incident Safety Officer, National Fire Academy Leadership, Confined Space Training, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Pump Operations and Certified Fire Investigator and Code Enforcement Official. In addition Captain Carter is a graduate of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University. She maintains active memberships with several professional and trade organizations. Captain Carter is 1 of a small number of black female officers in the state of Connecticut, less than 2% are African America. Captain Carter was the first African American female instructor to be hired at the Connecticut State Fire Academy.  Captain Carter was promoted on May 21,2019. She is now the first black female Captain in Suppression for the Hartford Fire Department.

In 2015 Captain Carter founded the Girls Future Firefighter Camp. This camp, being the first of its kind in the State of Connecticut, is an interactive camp for girls ages 13-18 to experience first-hand a career in public safety. GFFC certifies young women in CPR, AED, and babysitting through the American Red Cross. The camp also gives an introduction to several aspects of the fire service, to include but not limited to the following: pump operations, ladder operations, hose line operations, tool familiarization, first aide, confined space, situational awareness, arson investigation, fire code enforcement, and EMT and paramedic training. This year she has added Life Star doctors, nurses and emergency room medicine.


Shelly is the youngest daughter of Pastor Leona Wilson of Hartford, CT. She is a member of Crown of Glory COGIC in Hartford, CT. She was the first Female Lieutenant and is the first Captain in the COGIC organization . Captain Carter is married to retired Firefighter Brainard ”B.C” Carter. Together they have seven children and five grandchildren. On Sunday’s you will find Captain Carter serving as her church’s Young Women’s Christian Council President, a choir member, a member of the Pastors Aide committee, and she assists with the Youth Ministry. Shelly is also a part time optician and photographer. 

Finally, Captain Carter has an Associates degree in Journalism, and Photography, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and a Masters degree in Public Administration. 



“Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited” George H. W. Bush

“You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” Les Brown

“To God Be The Glory For The Things He Has Done!” –Shelly

Chief of Operations


Ret. Chief Chris Burkert

Christina Burkert has been in the fire service for over 32 years as both a career and a volunteer firefighter.   At 19 years of age she joined her town volunteer fire department in Newtown, CT.  While in Newtown she served with United Fire Company of Botsford, Newtown Hook & Ladder and Sandy Hook Fire & Rescue.  At 23 she was hired by the State of Connecticut as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter for Bradley International Airport Fire Department where she served for 20 years until her retirement.  During her tenure at BDLFD, she was Vice President and then President of IAFF Local S-15 for 14 of her 20 years. After her retirement she became a volunteer firefighter at East Granby Volunteer Fire Department where she concluded her time served as the Assistant Fire Chief.  Christina worked as the Deputy Emergency Management Director for the Town of East Granby and is also a medically trained ski patroller for the National Ski Patrol at Ski Sundown in New Hartford, CT. Christina has since relocated to the Tennessee area but nothing has changed for her. We work together as a team to ensure that our girls receive the best guidance possible

While in Fire Instructor 2, Christina created the program “Adapting Structural Firefighting for Aircraft Emergency Response”.  This program is aimed at educating municipal firefighters for the diverse conditions they may experience relating to aircraft structures, multi casualty patients, various fuels and airport support services for an aircraft incident in their town.