Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Fire Employees Recognized for Recent Accomplishments

July 27, 2020

Four employees with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services were recognized last Thursday at fire headquarters for recent accomplishments.

Capt. Nathan Roper was recognized first by Fire Chief, Tim Prather, for receiving his Associate Degree in Fire Science. The program incorporates a comprehensive, relevant curriculum of fire prevention and fire protection that provides graduates with the knowledge needed to become a better firefighter. The program also provides current firefighters with the education needed to broaden their career paths.

Kristi Wigington, was also recognized for obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Department Administration.  The degree program, which is offered by Columbia Southern University of Orange Beach, Alabama, is recognized through the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative.  Prior to obtaining her degree, Kristi also completed her Associates degree in Fire Science.

Two Chiefs within the department were also recognized.  Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, and Field Operations Chief, Shane West, were recognized for receiving their certificates for Local Government Management from the University of Georgia.  According to Chief Robinson, “The course is a nationally recognized Management Development Program (MDP) that covered management and leadership development for local government. This was a very interactive program that focuses on the development of personal and group leadership skills and knowledge relevant to successful local government operations.” The class is a 20-day program that extended over eight months and were delivered in two-day modules. Department heads and other government officials from all over the state participated in this class. “I am very grateful to the City of Canton for their hospitality and for hosting this course! We had a great instructor and the other students were awesome. The students really made the class useful and fun,” added Robinson.

Congratulations to all for their recent accomplishments!

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Fire Chief, Tim Prather (left), recognizes Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, and Field Operations Chief, Shane West, for receiving their certificates for Local Government Management from the University of Georgia.
Fire Chief, Tim Prather (left), recognizes Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, and Field Operations Chief, Shane West, for receiving their certificates for Local Government Management from the University of Georgia. (click image for slideshow)
Training Officer, Kristina Wigington, was recognized for obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Department Administration.
Training Officer, Kristina Wigington, was recognized for obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Department Administration.
Capt. Nathan Roper was recognized for receiving his Associate Degree in Fire Science.
Capt. Nathan Roper was recognized for receiving his Associate Degree in Fire Science.