The Georgia Association of Fire Chief’s (GAFC) held its 2019 Spring Executive Session earlier this week in Savannah, Georgia. The event offered several executive training/education sessions along with a couple of days where vendors showcased their fire service products.
Members of our executive staff attended the conference that included Fire Chief Tim Prather, Asst. Fire Chief Eddie Robinson, Division Chief Shane West and Special Operations Chief Darrel Mitchell.
On Tuesday, GAFC President Charles Wasdin presented Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, the Georgia Fire Chief Certification for his continued commitment to education and training in Georgia fire service leadership and management. The certification process involves a cumulative scoring process that includes meeting pre-requisites, service time and higher education credits. “I am honored to receive the GAFC Fire Chief certification,” says Chief Prather. “I believe this program was started about 4 years ago. The GAFC recognized the need to establish this program and to my knowledge, this is the only program within the state to credential our fire service leaders. Although I’m near the end of my career, I believe it is necessary to lead by example. To date, we now have four of our Chief Officers that have participated and obtained their certifications through the GAFC and we will encourage, and at some point, require all candidates for Chief Officer to obtain.”