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Hall fills deputy fire chief role for first time in 8 years
Jeff Hood
Jeff Hood

Hall County Fire Services has a new deputy fire chief.

Jeff Hood, who started Monday, is responsible for managing daily operations, including managing the department’s emergency vehicle fleet and its administrative functions.

Previously, Fire Chief David Kimbrell handled daily duties, along with serving as Hall County Emergency Management director.

“Jeff will fill a much-needed role in the department,” Kimbrell said. “We feel confident that his presence will enhance the level of public safety for the citizens of Hall County.”

Hood’s hiring also represents a shift in the way the department was organized.

Previously, the department had an overall chief and then a chief for administration and operations. After Kimbrell became overall chief in 2004, the operations chief position became vacant and the position was frozen, especially as the economy tanked.

The position, freed up in this year’s county budget, was given a title — deputy fire chief — as the department reorganized.

Hood began his career with Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services in 1978 and remained with that department until retiring in 2013. During that time, Hood became state-certified as a firefighter, paramedic, Level II paramedic instructor and emergency manager.

Hood was named Clayton County’s fire chief and emergency management agency director in 2011.

His resume also includes an appointment by the State Homeland Security director to represent the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs on the State Homeland Security Task Force in 2013.

“We are extremely fortunate to find someone with Jeff’s experience and knowledge to fill this position,” Kimbrell said. “He has functioned in this capacity before and will be able to come in and hit the ground running.”

As deputy fire chief, Hood will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the department, including managing the department’s emergency vehicle fleet and its administrative functions.

Hood and his wife, Suzanne, live in Hall County. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

“I’m excited to be able to serve the community in which I live,” Hood said. “There is no career more rewarding than one in fire services, and I’m honored to be able to continue serving in this role.”