David began with the Durham Fire Department on April 1, 1996. He progressed through the ranks attaining a Fire Driver position in November 1999, followed by a Captain position in 2009. As a Captain, he spent over 4 years as Training Officer and Hazmat Team Coordinator. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in June 2016 where he served until returning to the Training Division as Battalion Chief of Training/EMS Coordinator.
Chief Swain has an AAS in Fire Protection Technology from Durham Technical Community College, a BS in Fire and Emergency Services Administration from Fayetteville State University, and an MPA from Lewis University. Chief Swain is enrolled in the NFA Executive Officer Program beginning in June 2018.