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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, Deputy Chief Wilmond Meadows

The Chief of Staff is responsible for coordinating department activities, programs, and projects among all divisions of labor. In addition, the division manages the AFRD Business and Fiscal Management Section, Assessment, and Planning Section, Office of Professional Standards (OPS), Public Information Office, Homeland Security, Recruitment, Member Services, Special Events Section, and the Chaplain's Office.



Field Operations, Deputy Chief Randall Slaughter

The Chief of 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 rescues, fires, hazardous materials calls, Emergency Medical Services alarms, and homeland security responses.



Technical Services, Deputy Chief Michael Simmons

Technical Servic es is responsible for 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 Academy, Communications and Information Technology, Human Resources, and administration and maintenance of all real property.



Airport Operations, Deputy Chief Joel G. Baker

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 17:57
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