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Executive Staff

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Dr. Byron Kennedy
First Deputy

First Deputy Chief Dr. Byron K. Kennedy

The First Deputy Chief is 2nd in Command of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. This position is responsible for providing executive level oversight to all of the day-to-day operations of the organization to include: Administrative, Operations, Support & Technical Services, as well as the Airport Fire Division. The duties of this office include filling in for the fire chief, as needed, in dealings with the city administration as well as other entities.

First Deputy Chief Dr. Byron Kennedy was born and raised in the City of Atlanta and a proud graduate of L.P. Miles Elementary and Charles L. Harper High. He. has proudly served the citizens of Atlanta for greater than 25 years. He has earned his Bachelor and Masters Degree in Psychology and in 2014, earned his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership.

He has served in all Divisions of Labor within the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department at various levels throughout his career. He has provided multiple lectures across the country as well as abroad to eager learners of the fire services. He has gained multiple professional affiliations and designations and is currently an active Assessor for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. His personal goals are directly related to being all that he can be and helping others get where they want to be.

Assistant Chief Jolyon Bundrige
Office of EMS

Deputy Chief Jolyon Bundrige

The Office of EMS has oversight of EMS operations in Field and Airport Operations Divisions Basic and Advanced Life Support Response Units. This includes the operation of the Mobile Medic Bicycle Response Teams (Atlanta Beltline, HJAIA & Special Events), the City Hall EMS Clinic, the AFRD Tactical/Dignitary Medic program, the AFRD Paramedic Program and addressing industry trends such as active shooter incidents, drug overdoses and infectious disease control.

Deputy Chief J.L. Bundrige began his fire service career with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in 1993. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management and is currently pursuing a master’s degree. He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and a Georgia POST Peace Officer.

He has served in every rank within the department. From Firefighter he was promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator in 2004, Fire Medic II in 2005, Fire Lieutenant/Medic in 2006, Fire Lieutenant/Investigator - Office of Professional Standards in 2007, Fire Captain/Public Information Officer in 2009, Fire Captain/Airport Administration in 2012, Battalion Chief/Field Operations in 2012, Section Chief/Office of Professional Standards in 2013, Assistant Chief/Office of Emergency Medical Services in 2015 and Deputy Chief/Office of Emergency Medical Services in 2017. He served as a member of the Hurricane Katrina Gulf Coast Strike Team, was a recipient of the Fire Chiefs Award of Distinction in 2011 and has been recognized several times over the years for patient care and customer service.

Chad Jones
Office of Support Services

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 background and recruitment, as well as, member services and human resources functions. Support services are responsible for accreditation and Insurance Services Office (ISO) requirements and documentation.

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, Assistant Chief, and Deputy Chief. Chief Jones was appointed to Deputy Chief in 2014.

During his career with AFRD he has obtained an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from West Georgia Technical College; a Bachelor’s in Fire Management from the University of Florida and a Master of Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University. He completed his Executive Fire Officer Program certification from the National Fire Academy in 2015 and holds the Chief Fire Officer Designee from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

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.

Rod Smith
Office of Technical Services

Deputy Chief Rod Smith

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

Roderick M. Smith (Rod) has twenty-four years of fire service experience with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He currently, serves as the Deputy Chief of Technical Services. He has extensive knowledge and training in numerous aspects of the fire service, to include structural and aircraft rescue and firefighting, technical rescue, hazardous materials, administration and personnel management, public education and relations, research and development, strategic planning, Emergency Medical Service, executive development and Homeland Security.

Chief Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Morehouse College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbus State University. He is a founding member of the Fire Services Information Technology Consortium. In addition, he holds numerous certifications to include Paramedic, Post Certified Instructor, NIMS Type-3 Communications Leader, ARC ESRI GIS I & II. Chief Smith recently completed the National Fire Academy’s Executive Officers Program.

Kevin L. Ware
Office of Airport Operations

Deputy Chief Kevin L. Ware

The Office of Airport Services is responsible for providing oversight and management of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) operations, emergency medical services and fire prevention at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Deputy Chief Ware is an Atlanta native with nearly three decades of serving the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He has extensive knowledge and training in 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 and executive development.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Management and Governance from Georgia State University and is a Masters of Public Safety Administration candidate at Columbus State University. Chief Ware is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and has completed the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Management Training. He is currently a candidate in the accredited Airport Executive Program.

Glen Riley
Field Operations

Deputy Chief Glen Riley

Field Operations Division has oversight on the day-to-day operations of first responding units such as Fire Suppression, EMS and Special Operations – to include Hazardous Materials Response, Confined Space Rescue, Swift Water Rescue and the Dive Team.

Deputy Chief Glen Riley began his career with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in 1992 after graduating with degrees in Math and Computer Science and Public Safety Leadership. He is currently a Masters of Public Safety Administration candidate at Columbus State University and is a proud member of several leadership organizations. Among those organizations is the National Society of Leadership and Success, of which he is most proud to have membership.

Early in his career, Deputy Chief Riley was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 1993 then later promoted to Fire Apparatus Operator in 1998 and Lieutenant in 2000. After spending several years as an aide to an Assistant Chief, he was promoted to Captain in 2006, Battalion Chief in 2012.In 2016, Chief Riley was promoted to the first City of Atlanta Safety Manager position as an Assistant Chief. Soon after, he returned to Field Operations as a shift commander and was finally promoted to his current position, as Deputy Chief of Field Operations, in 2017.

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