Chief Prather was raised in a "firefighting family" bringing over 33 years of experience to CherokeeCounty. At the young age of thirteen, he began participating in the Volunteer Rescue Unit in Pickens alongside his father. At age fifteen, he joined the Jasper Volunteer Firefighters again to work alongside and under the direct supervision of his dad. During his senior year, in the Spring of 1977, he signed up to join the United States Marine Corps. After graduating high school, he worked a short period of four months as a career firefighter with Jasper FD and then he departed for his service in the USMC. He served most of his tour at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Gound Combat in California where he worked as a structure firefighter with the base fire department until his "honorable" discharge in September 1980. In 1982 he returned and served the USMC Reserves at Dobbins AFD in Marietta until 1990.
Upon discharge from active duty, from 1980 to 1987, Chief Prather worked in "law enforcement" with the Jasper Police Department, Cherokee County Sheriff's Dept. and finally Pickens County Sheriff's Dept. During this period of time, Chief Prather maintained membership with the Jasper Volunteer Dept. and the Pickens Rescue Unit. In 1987, Chief Prather graduated from ReinhardtCollege with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1990, he was a founding member of the Bethany-Salem Fire Dept. in PickensCounty and served several years as Chairman of the Pickens County Fire Chief Association. Chief Prather was also a "part time" employee with the Pickens County Ambulance Service for several years.
In February 1987, Chief Prather began his career with CherokeeCounty as a firefighter with the Oak Grove Fire Dept. at Station-1. He received his EMT Certification in 1988. He progressed through the ranks of "Senior Man" (Sgt. today), Lieutenant and Captain over the next 18 years or so. He was instrumental in developing and delivering fire apparatus "pumping operations" for many years. He served and was well known in the community as a CPR Instructor during his assignment at Station-20 delivering training to the citizens. In May 2006, Chief Prather accepted the appointment to the position of Divisions Chief of Operations and in 2008 appointed to Assistant Fire Chief of Department.
Chief Prather is proud to have served CherokeeCounty for over 25 years and is dedicated in continuing to provide the citizens of CherokeeCounty the best Fire & Emergency Medical Services. This service delivery is accomplished through the elite group of young men and women also dedicated to the preservation of life and property and "proud to serve" and "second to none"!
After high school Chief Robinson joined the United States Army, where he served his country, and subsequently joined the United States Army Reserve where he became a Drill Sergeant. With over 20 years of combined service, he retired as First Sergeant in late 2002.
Chief Robinson was awarded countless letters of commendation and appreciation. He is proud to display 23 service ribbons to include: The Drill Sergeant Badge, Meritorious Service Award and Governorâ€™s Unit Citation for Outstanding Service during and after Hurricane Hugo.
Chief Robinson began his fire service career in 1979 volunteering in his home town of Rock Hill, South Carolina. His service with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services began in 1994 and in 2001 was promoted to Safety Officer; then later promoted again to Administrative Captain Safety Officer. In 2011 Chief Robinson, with a combined 20+ years of fire experience, was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.
Chief Robinson has served his community in countless capacities. A graduate of Leadership Cherokee he went on to serve on the Steering Committee where he became chair person in 2008. He also has served as Lead Advisor for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Explorer Post 469, a youth group sanctioned under the Learning for Life program of the Boy Scouts of America. This Explorer Post has received countless awards from annual competitions under his direction, and they too dedicate numerous hours of service to the community and citizens of Cherokee County. His love for the firefighter "brotherhood" fuels his desire and dedication to the creative and innovative development of current and future professional firefighters.
Chief Robinson and his wife Lorie have two children, a daughter Candace and a son Kenny who is currently serving the county as a cadet firefighter. In addition Chief Robinson has three grandchildren, Kody, Sadie and Macy. They currently reside in Canton, Ga.
Shane West serves as the Field Operations Chief for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services.
Shane graduated from Cherokee High School and obtained his Fire Science degree. He is currently continuing his education and professional development in the area of leadership and business.
Chief Shane West has served the community and worked for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services since 1995. During his tenure with the department, he has been promoted through the ranks and worked at a variety of stations gaining valuable experience. He obtained his paramedic license, served as an instructor for both fire and medical education, successfully completed the Georgia Smoke Diver program, and has been involved on several committees to improve the departments success.
Shane was recognized by the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners for the Outstanding Service Award for Cherokee County in 2011 and alumni of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cherokee program earning the prestigious Bob Frongillo "Magic Spark Plug" award.
Shane and his wife, Natalee, are the proud parents of four children, Heidi, Kyle, Andrew, Emersynn and the grandparents of their first grandchild Grayson James.