Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

McElwee Receives Fire Chief Certification

April 16, 2018

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Shift Commander, Ryan McElwee, recently received his Fire Chief Certification at the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs Spring Executive Session in Savannah, GA on April 10th.

In order for an applicant to receive the certification, they must meet four pre-requisites including holding a Georgia Firefighter Stands and Training Council State Certification in at least one of the current fire service certifications and serving as a minimum of a Battalion Chief or Division Supervisor. According to McElwee, “This certification is earned based on a points system reflecting a combination of education, experience, and years of service.  I have been working toward this certification since January of 2016.”

“We developed this program to ensure that the fire departments in the state of Georgia have qualified credentialed and professional leaders and managers of overseeing their departments and personnel,” said Dwayne Jamison, President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.

“I believe continuing education, coupled with a verified credentialing process, is an integral part of today’s fire service.  To date there have only been 95 of these certifications awarded,” added McElwee.

McElwee came to work for Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services on September 25, 1995. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in February of 2016 and was promoted to Shift Commander on November 11th, 2017. 

Congratulations to Ryan McElwee on a job well done!

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Ryan McElwee (right) receives his fire chief certification from Dwayne Jamison, President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.
Ryan McElwee (right) receives his fire chief certification from Dwayne Jamison, President of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. (click image for slideshow)