Chad Black was asked for a resume months ago, not knowing the reason for the request.
This week, he found out it would lead to his appointment to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
“It’s an honor. It’ll be some work, but I’ll serve alongside some really, really professional and excellent other fire professionals throughout the state of Georgia. I’ll be a part of another good team that just helps to continue the great training they do and this state does,” Black said.
Black, of Gainesville, was appointed by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to the council, according to an announcement from Duncan’s office Thursday, Dec. 5.
“I want to thank Chad Black for his willingness to serve in such an important public safety role,” Duncan said in a statement. “His background and experience will be invaluable to ensure Georgia's firefighters are receiving the best possible training and support from our state.”
Black retired after 31 years with Hall County Fire Services, holding the rank of deputy fire chief in 2016.
He is now the Habersham County Emergency Services director.
“We always wish our former employees the best in whatever their future endeavors may be, and obviously we’re proud for him in this accomplishment,” Hall County Fire Services division chief Zach Brackett said Thursday.
The council is responsible for overseeing all training related to firefighting.
“Being a board member, you assist the leadership … and making sure those standards are being met. Sometimes they have changes to those standards, and the board has to approve those changes,” Black said.
Black will continue on as Habersham’s EMS director as well as being the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association chairman.
“There’s a lot of work being done, both fire and EMS, in the state, and a lot of good things going on. I’m honored and privileged to be able to be a small part of all that,” Black said.