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Kelvin J. Cochran Awarded Fire Chief of the Year

Post Date:08/07/2012 5:00 PM
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Mayor’s Office of Communications 
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Sonji Jacobs, Director 
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Reese McCranie, Deputy Director
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Press Release

Kelvin J. Cochran Awarded Fire Chief of the Year

Atlanta -- Chief Kelvin J. Cochran of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) was named 2012 Fire Chief of the Year by Fire Chief magazine during the International Association of Fire Chief’s Fire-Rescue International Conference on August 3, 2012, in Denver.

With 31 years of fire-service experience, Chief Cochran served as Atlanta Fire Chief from January 2008 through July 2009 before accepting an appointment from President Barack Obama to serve as U.S. Fire Administrator, where he was charged with overseeing, coordinating, and directing national efforts to prevent fires and improve fire response. Chief Cochran returned to Atlanta in May 2010 to join the leadership team of Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration. As Fire Chief, he directs the operations of a $74 million department with 35 fire stations and nearly 1,000 fire fighters providing fire, rescue and emergency services.

Under Chief Cochran’s leadership, the department has seen dramatic improvements in response times and staffing. In July, the department reached full staffing of four firefighters per engine and zero vacant firefighter positions for the first time in the history of the department. The department also reached a new level of responsiveness on fire emergencies, meeting the National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards for response coverage 81% of the time, up from 65% in 2010.

“Chief Cochran’s pioneering efforts to improve performance and service within the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department have won him much-deserved national recognition,” said Mayor Reed. “I applaud Chief Cochran and all of Atlanta’s brave firefighters for the commitment to excellence shown throughout the department.”

For the past 17 years, Fire Chief magazine has presented Chief of the Year Awards to a career fire chief and a volunteer chief each year for dedication and leadership in fire and emergency services.

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