First Deputy Chief Randall B. SlaughterChief 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.
As First Deputy, Chief Slaughter 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.
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.
Deputy Chief Michael Simmons 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.
Office of Technical Services
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.
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.
Deputy Chief Michael Simmons
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.
Office of Support
|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 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.
Deputy Chief Rod Smith
Roderick M. (Rod) Smith has 20 years’ fire service experience with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He was previously 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.
Kevin L. Ware
The Office of Airport Services
|Deputy Chief Kevin L. Ware
The Office of Airport Services is responsible for providing oversight of and managing 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’ experience with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. He has extensive knowledge of and training in 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 BS 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. He holds certifications in Incident Command System Institute-All- Hazard Situation Unit Leader, All-Hazard Demobilization Unit Leader and All-Hazards Resources Unit Leader. 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. Chief Ware sits on the Executive Board of Neighborhood Planning Unit-Q, and serves as Secretary.