Chief Perdue began his public safety journey in 1977 with the Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department and was hired by Guilford County Department of Emergency Services in 1979. He progressed through the ranks and was appointed Emergency Services Director/Chief in July 2003, retiring in February 2013. Chief Perdue is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Fire Marshal (FM) through the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission for Professional Credentialing.

In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition, Chief Perdue currently serves on the International Accreditation Services Technical Advisory Council for Regulatory Code Programs, Underwriters Laboratories Standard #2524 Standards Technical Panel, and The Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Appeals Committee. He is also an Elected County Commissioner in Guilford County, NC.

Chief Perdue’s past service includes serving as; the International Director representing Fire & Life Safety on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors, the Governor’s Fire Service appointee to the North Carolina State Building Code Council, a Commissioner on the Center for Public Safety Excellence’s Commission for Professional Credentialing, a member of the International Accreditation Services Technical Advisory Committee for Fire & Life Safety Departments and a member of the International Code Councils Codes & Standards Council.

Additional career highlights to local, state and national fire service organizations include Director at Large, Vice-Chair and Chair of the IAFC Fire & Life Safety Section, four terms as a member of the International Code Councils Fire Code Hearing Committee, vice-chair and chair of the North Carolina Fire Code Revision Committee, President of the North Carolina County Fire Marshal’s Association and as and an advisory board member for the Guilford Technical Community College Fire Science Curriculum Program.