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 Executive Staff

First Deputy Chief Wilmond Meadows

Chief Meadows is an Atlanta native who joined the Department in 1985 after 
after graduating from West Fulton High School. He has held the ranks of firefighter, Fire-Medic, Fire Apparatus Operator, Fire Lieutenant, Paramedic Lieutenant, Operations Captain, Training Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief, and Deputy Chief before being named First Deputy in 2015.

As First Deputy, Chief Meadows is responsible for management, supervisory and administrative duties within the Office of the Fire Chief. He oversees day-to-day functions and operations in accordance with all national, state and city fire codes, ordinances, laws and regulations, as well as the Offices of Professional Standards, Homeland Security and Financial Management.

 Wilmond Meadows
First Deputy

 In 1993, Chief Meadows received his Paramedic Certification from Fulton County Training Academy. He also holds an associate degree in fire  management from DeKalb Community College; a bachelors in human resources from Georgia State University and a master’s of public administration from Columbus State University.He received his Executive Fire Officer Program certification from the National Fire Academy, Fire Chief 

 Officer Designation credentialing from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, MIFireE from the Institution of Engineers, Chief Medical Officer credentialing from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, and Executive Development Institute at Dillard University. 

Chief Meadows is a member of the Society of Human Resources Managers, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, International City/County Management Association, Georgia Fire Chief’s Association and National Association of Fire Chiefs. He has served on the Boards of Directors for the Heartburn Foundation and the City of Atlanta Friendship Club. Active in his community, he has coached Little League baseball, and youth football and basketball. 


Executive Staff

Deputy Chief Michael Simmons

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

Deputy Chief Michael Simmons began his career with AFR in 1988 after graduating with degrees from Harper College in Palatine, Ill., (associate’s); Georgia State University (bachelor’s); and Columbus State University (master’s in public administration.

 Michael Simmons
Office of Support Services

He was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator as a sergeant in June 1993, to Fire Lieutenant in October 1997, to Fire Captain in October 2001 and to Battalion Chief in February 2007. He became Assistant Chief for Support Services in May 2010 and Deputy Chief for Technical Services in July 2012.Chief Simmons earned an Award of Merit in October 2000; the Governor’s Public Safety Award in November 2000; a Professional Service Award in March 2009; and a Professional Leadership Award in October 2012.

 chad jones Deputy Chief Chad Jones

The Office of Support Services supports all other divisions of labor and maintains and updates all policies and procedures that govern the Department. It oversees the Offices of Assessment & Planning, Special Events, the Chaplaincy and Public Information, as well as background and recruitment, member services and human resources functions.

Chief Jones is a Georgia native. He joined the Department in 1995 after graduating from Campbell High School in Smyrna and has held the ranks of firefighter, Fire-Medic, Fire Lieutenant, Paramedic Lieutenant, Paramedic Captain, Battalion Chief. Chief Jones was named Assistant Chief in 2012.

In 1994, Chief Jones received his Paramedic Certification from Fulton County Training Academy. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from West Georgia Technical College; a Bachelor’s in Fire
Chad Jones
Office of Technical
Management from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University. He currently is working on his Executive Fire Officer Program certification from the National Fire Academy.

Chief Jones is a member of the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association and International Association of Fire Chiefs . He has served on the professional development board for the IAFC Southeastern Division.

 Executive Staff

 Deputy Chief Randall B. Slaughter

The Office of Field Operations is responsible 30 fire stations throughout Atlanta and their response to and mitigation of disasters in the City. The agency handles an average of 125 incidents per day including rescues, fires, hazardous materials calls, emergency medical services and homeland security responses/planning.

The Office also handles the planning of special events.

Chief Slaughter began his career with Atlanta Fire Rescue in November 1990. He served as a firefighter/EMT before being promoted to Fire Medic I in 1993, Fire Apparatus Operator in 1995, Fire Lieutenant in 1998, Captain in 2000, Battalion Chief in 2004, Assistant Chief in 2005 and Deputy Chief in 2010.

Randall B. Slaughter 
Office of Field Operations

 He has extensive knowledge of and training in all aspects of the fire service, including structural and aircraft rescue and firefighting, hazardous materials, administration and personnel management, public education and relations, research and development, strategic planning, Emergency Medical Service, executive development and Homeland Security. Chief Slaughter received an associate's degree in fire science technology, a bachelor's in policy studies, and a master's in public administration. 

 rod smith Deputy Chief Roderick Smith

Roderick M. (Rod) Smith has 20 years’ fire service experience with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He is assigned to the Airport Division of Atlanta Fire Rescue at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (HJAIA) Airport, responsible for providing oversight and managing ARFF Operations, Emergency Medical Services, and Fire Prevention Services for HJAIA; along with development and implementation of strategic initiatives for long-term preparation and provision of services.

Chief Smith currently serves as the ARFF Section Manager for Section 3 and is a founding member of the Fire Services Information Technology Consortium.
Roderick M. Smith
Airport Fire Division 
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Morehouse College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. In addition, he holds numerous certifications, including Paramedic, Post-Certified Instructor, NIMS Type-3 Communications Leader and ARC ESRI GIS I & II. Chief Smith is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Officers Program.

Last updated: 2/18/2015 11:47:50 AM