Carl was deeply involved in mentoring thousands of fire officers throughout the nation, as well as advocating for modern and inclusive human resource management practices in fire departments. In 1991, he established the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute (EDI) to develop the management skills and leadership potential of African American Firefighters. The concept of the program was born out of Chief Holmes’ personal experience and knowledge of what was needed to prepare African American Firefighters for leadership positions. LINK: http://edionline.net/
Carl began his career in the fire service in 1951 with the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He was one of the department’s 12 initial African American firefighters hired. The group overcame many obstacles because of their race in rising through the ranks of the department. In 1981, following a 30-year career with OKCFD, he retired – but not until he achieved the rank of Assistant Fire Chief.