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The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) Mission

Atlanta Fire Rescue provides prompt quality services to our stakeholders that promote safety, security, enhances sustainability, and enriches the quality of life through professional development and dedication to service.


 Administration of the Fire Chief

Fire Chief:  Kelvin J. Cochran

Chief Cochran’s career in the fire service began as a firefighter at the Shreveport Fire Department in 1981.  He was then promoted to fire training officer and served in this capacity from 1985 to 1990, when he was promoted to Assistant Chief Training Officer. His service in this position concluded when he was appointed Fire Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department on August 26, 1999.

On January 2, 2008, Chief Cochran was appointed Fire Chief of the Atlanta (Ga.) Fire Rescue Department, serving until July 2009 when President Barack Obama appointed him as U.S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration in Washington, D.C. Serving as the U.S. Fire Administrator, Chief Cochran was charged with overseeing, coordinating, and directing national efforts to prevent fires and improve fire response. In this capacity, Chief Cochran worked extensively with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

On May 8, 2010, the Honorable Mayor Kasim Reed selected Chief Cochran as his nominee to assume the position of Chief of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in his administration, with his nomination being unanimously confirmed by the Atlanta City Council on August 16, 2010.

Chief Cochran has over 28 years of fire service experience from Firefighter to Assistant Chief Training Officer to Fire Chief of Shreveport, Louisiana, to Fire Chief of Atlanta, Georgia with involvement in all phases of the fire service: fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, recruiting, public education, research and development, employee counseling, discipline, performance evaluation, and administration, with specialization in training and strategic planning/facilitating.

Chief Cochran has extensive involvement and leadership in the fire service, including positions with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), where he served on the Board of Directors as First Vice President (2007) and Second Vice President (2006). He is also a past Chair of the IAFC Program Planning Committee and President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Cochran is a member of the IAFC; the IAFC Southeastern Division; the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section; and the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association, Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association.

In addition, Chief Cochran has authored two chapters for Chief Fire Officers Desk Reference, published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Chapter 1 – “Leadership and Management” and Chapter 25 – “The Fire Chief of the Future.”


Chief of Staff:  Wilmond Meadows, Deputy Chief

The Chief of Staff's office is responsible for the Office of Professional Standards, the Public Information Office, Homeland Security, the Capital Projects Office, and Assessment & Planning. The Chief of Staff also manages the budget of the Fire Chief’s Office and serves as the chairperson of the AFRD Disciplinary Review Board.


Deputy Chief:  Michael Simmons, Office of Support Services

Support Services monitors Emergency Medical Services, Fire Code Enforcement, Fire Inspections, Fire Safety Education, and the Fire Investigations sections. This division includes the Fire Marshal’s Office, Fire Prevention and Education, Training, Communications and Information Technology, Human Resources, Fiscal, Recruitment, Member Services, and maintenance of all real property and administration.


 Deputy Chief:  Randall B. Slaughter, Field Operations

Field Operations is responsible for responding to and mitigating disastrous incidents within the City from 30 fire stations. The agency handles an average 125 incidents per day including rescue, fires, hazardous materials calls, Emergency Medical Services alarms, and homeland security responses/planning.  The Office of Special Operations is a part of this division and handles the planning of special events and emergency medical services.


Deputy Chief:  Joel G. Baker, Airport Operations

Airport Operations mission is to provide unparalleled Fire Protection, EMS, and other Emergency Services to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Community. The division’s infrastructure includes: 232 Fire Personnel (217 Sworn and 15 Civilian Personnel), 5 Fire Stations, 49 Front Line Response Vehicles (Aircraft and Structural), and 6 Auxiliary Response Vehicles. It is responsible for protecting the “World’s Busiest Airport” which host an average of 200,000 passengers per day.  The Airport division provides Aircraft and Structural Fire Response, Emergency Medical Services including Advanced Cardiac Life Support and transport, and Hazardous Materials Response and Mitigation. The division has its own training, inspections, and administration sections separate from AFRD proper. It also operates and manages the largest Automatic Defibrillator program in the Country.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 18:24
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