In September 2011, Tim Prather was appointed and currently serves as the Fire Chief of Cherokee County.
Chief Prather was raised in a "firefighting family" and now has over 46 years of experience in the fire service. 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 with conditions that he had 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 the City of 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 Ground Combat Training Center 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 AFB 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 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 Reinhardt College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1990, he was a founding member of the Bethany-Salem Fire Dept. in Pickens County and served several years as Chairman of the Pickens County Fire Chief Association. He also worked several years as a "part time" employee with the Pickens County Ambulance Service. He is a graduate of Leadership Pickens in the Class of 1997.
In February 1987, Chief Prather began his career with Cherokee County 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 Driver, "Senior Man" (Sgt. today), Lieutenant, Captain and Acting Battalion Chief over the next 18 years ending his Field Operations career as Station Commander at Station 20. 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. He is a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia's, Carl Vinson Institute of Government: Management Development Program, a Graduate of Leadership Cherokee in the Class of 2012 and he received his Georgia Association of Fire Chief's certification is 2019.
Chief Prather is proud and honored to have served Cherokee County for nearly 35 years and is dedicated in continuing to provide the best fire & emergency services to the citizens of Cherokee County. This service delivery is accomplished only 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"!
Chief Prather is married to Shirley Cantrell Prather, has 7 Children, 5 grandchildren and attends First Christian Church of Jasper.
Chief Eddie Robinson was born and raised in York County, South Carolina. Today, Chief Robinson serves as Assistant Fire Chief for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services.
After graduating high school, Chief Robinson joined the United States Army and, subsequently, joined the United States Army Reserve where he advanced to become a Drill Sergeant. With over 20 years of combined service to his country, he retired as First Sergeant in late 2002. During his time in the service, Chief Robinson was awarded countless letters of commendation and appreciation and earned 23 service ribbons to include: The Drill Sergeant Badge, Meritorious Service Award and Governor's Unit Citation for Outstanding Service during and after Hurricane Hugo. All of which are proudly on display in his office, along with countless other awards, certificates, diplomas, as well as several pieces of military and fire service memorabilia.
Chief Robinson's career in the fire service began in 1979 as a volunteer in his home town of Rock Hill, South Carolina. His service with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services began in 1994. In 2001, he was promoted to Safety Officer; then later promoted again to Administrative Captain Safety Officer. In 2011, with a combined 20+ years of fire experience, Chief Robinson was promoted to the position of Assistant Fire Chief.
Outside of his role of Assistant Fire Chief, Chief Robinson serves his community in many other capacities. As a graduate of Leadership Cherokee, he went on to serve on the Steering Committee where he became chair person in 2008. He has also served as Lead Advisor for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services Explorer Post 469; which is a youth group sanctioned under the "Learning for Life" program of the Boy Scouts of America. Under his direction, Explorer Post 469 has received numerous awards at the annual Winterfest competitions. His love for the firefighter "brotherhood" fuels his desire and dedication to the creative and innovative development of current and future professional firefighters through the Explorer program.
Chief Robinson earned the distinguished "Georgia Fire Chief Certification" on October 2nd 2020 from the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. He has attended numerous fire service training opportunities, and is an active instructor for fire service throughout the state.
Chief Robinson and his wife Lorie have two children, a daughter Candace and a son Kenny. Kenny is currently serving as a fulltime firefighter with Forsyth and Pickens County. In addition, Chief Robinson has six grandchildren, Kody, Sadie, Macy, Gracey, Little Nick and Randy.
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.
Chief Dean Floyd's service with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services began in January 2017 after the merger with Canton Fire Deparment, where he serves as Division Chief. He currently holds Georgia Certification's as a Certified Firefighter, Certified Fire Safety Educator, Certified Fire Investigator and Certified Fire Inspector.
Chief Dean Floyd was raised in Cherokee County where he joined Circle Five Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Firefighter at the age of 13 in order to spend more time with his brother. In 1988, he started an exciting career in the fire service with Canton Fire Department. In 1996, he became a Fire Inspector and in 1997, he was sworn in by the Office of Georgia Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine, as a Local Fire Marshal. In 1999, he was promoted to Fire Marshal and in 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief. From 2003 to 2016, he was honored to serve at the rank of Fire Chief for Canton Fire Department.
Chief Dean Floyd and his wife Wanda have five children, six grandchildren and they currently reside in Fannin County.
Chief Scott Deal was born and raised in Rossville, GA. He began his career in public safety in 1985 as a volunteer firefighter and EMS explorer. While attending seminary, he worked for several departments in and around the Chattanooga, TN area. In December 2000, he graduated seminary with a Master's Degree in Ministry which lead him to step out of the public safety arena for a period of time. In February 2003, Chief Deal returned to public safety when he was hired on at Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. He worked his way through the ranks and was promoted to Sergeant in 2005, Lieutenant in 2014, Captain in 2017 and assigned as Station Commander at Station 2. In 2010, Chief Deal received the honor and award of be chosen as the "Region-1 Paramedic of the Year". In 2019, Chief Deal was promoted to Battalion Chief and was reassigned to the Training Division as the Training Chief. One of his major duties as Training Chief, is to oversee the Recruit Training Program and the delivery of annual training to all certified personnel. Chief Deal continues to lead the training division where his team enables and educates the professionals of Cherokee County Fire to serve their community with honor.
Nate Sullivan was born in Dallas, Tx and moved to Georgia in 1989. He graduated Etowah High School in 1995 and became a volunteer firefighter about that same time. In 1997, he was hired on at Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services.
Sullivan has served in many capacities through the years and was able to learn valuable skills and leadership lessons from each. Most recently, he served as the EMS Training officer for the department and was responsible for delivering EMS training to field personnel while also teaching Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) in the recruit program. Sullivan's notable achievement was leading and coordinating the Stop the Bleed initiative which involved working with the Cherokee County School District to train staff members in life saving bleeding control techniques and providing bleeding control kits in every public school in the county.
Sullivan is a member of several professional associations and has served as a technical expert on a national project studying the most appropriate prehospital treatment for opiate overdoses.
He is married to his wife, Leslie and they are the proud parents of 3 boys, Patrick, Riley, and Anthony.
Dr. Jill Mabley was born and raised in Chicago. Raised on the family dairy farm in Wisconsin, Mabley developed an interest in math and science, but decided on medical school and graduated in 1975. Mabley has specialty training in emergency medicine that she completed in 1980 at the University of California San Francisco/Stanford. Mabley spent the next 15 years in Jackson, Wyoming; working with Grand Teton National Park climbing rescue team in the summer, and Jackson Hole Ski Area ski patrol in the winter. During the “off” season, she had short term assignments and medical missions in the Wyoming oil fields, Peru (Cordillera Blanca), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Asia (Nepal Himalaya).
Mabley moved to Georgia in 1997 to be near her family in Atlanta. She began her Georgia EMS career in Blue Ridge with membership in the EMS Region One Council. In 2000, she moved to Cherokee County and started as Medical Director for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services in October of that year. She left the private sector to devote her career to public safety.
During her 18 years with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, she took her firefighting training at the Georgia Fire Academy, served as chair of the Georgia EMS Medical Directors Advisory Council for 9 years and. then, for 3 years, was Deputy Medical EMS Director for the state of Georgia. She has also worked with the Cherokee County Fire Explorers for the past two years and continues to facilitate development of nationally accredited paramedic training.
Battalion Chief Chad Arp was born and raised in Japer, GA. He began his interest in firefighting at the age of 14 as a Junior Volunteer Firefighter, then as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Jasper Fire Department. After graduating from Pickens County High School in 1989 he began his career in the fire service working as a security guard/firefighter in a private community in Pickens County.
In 1994, Chad began working fulltime as a firefighter for the City of Canton Fire Department. He obtained EMT certification in 1996. During this time, he developed an interest with fire prevention and safety education.
In 1999, Chad was hired by Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services as a Fire and Life Safety Educator continuing his career by teaching fire and life safety programs to all ages using curriculum of all types to include robots, clowns and the county's Fire Safety House. He was promoted to Sergeant in Fire Prevention in 2000. In 2003, the programs expanded to include the Safe Kids Cherokee County Coalition, led by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, where he currently serves as the coalition coordinator. Under his direction the coalition has received numerous awards, accolades and special recognitions across the nation. In 2005, he was promoted to Captain as the department's Senior Fire Safety Educator. In addition to being a Senior Fire Safety Educator he serves on the Cherokee County Child Fatality Review Board as Prevention Advocate.
In 2006, Chad graduated Leadership Cherokee. In 2009, the Fire Prevention Office merged with the Fire Marshal's Office and relocated to the Cherokee County Administration Building. In addition to fire education duties he began conducting fire safety inspections and in 2014 he was promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal where he continued teaching fire safety education while also conducting fire inspection for new and existing buildings. In 2015, he was awarded the Outstanding Coordinator for the State of Georgia by Safe Kids Georgia.
During Chad's career with Cherokee County he has received many awards, commendations and special recognitions. He has attended many training classes around the state and country including the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg MD, and has obtained numerous certifications. In 2017, he obtained national certification as an NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist, CFPS. In January 2018, he was promoted to Battalion Chief serving as Cherokee County's Fire Marshal.
Chad and his wife Jennifer reside in Canton with their 4 children.
Hazardous Materials Team - Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services operates one of the most well trained and equipped hazardous materials teams in Georgia. The Hazardous Materials Team is staffed with full time firefighters and supported by volunteers who have received extensive training on a wide range of hazardous materials. The team responds to dozens of hazardous materials incidents across Cherokee County annually and to requests for assistance from other communities all across northern Georgia.
Dive Team - The Cherokee County Fire-Emergency Services Dive Team is made up of volunteers who are specially trained to perform rescue dive missions across Cherokee County and surrounding communities in northern Georgia. The team is equipped with the latest protective equipment, tools, a dive rescue truck and 3 rescue boats.
Search & Rescue Team - The Cherokee County Fire-Emergency Services Search & Rescue Team is made up of very highly trained volunteers who perform search & rescue operations in Cherokee County and areas all across Georgia. www.cherokeesar.org
Rope Rescue Team - The Rope Rescue Team performs high angle rescue missions using the latest and most advanced equipment possible. The team is made up of volunteers who receive hundreds of hours of training that enable them to safely complete each assignment.
Honor Guard - Formed in the year 2000, the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Honor Guard is presently composed of 20 county firefighters. The Honor Guard is called upon to perform a variety of functions, including parades, opening ceremonies, and funerals for fallen fire and emergency service personnel. The Honor Guard has appeared at the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration in Atlanta and presented the colors at a NASCAR event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The honor guard has also presented the colors during the opening day of baseball for the Atlanta Braves.
Explorers Post #469 - This program is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and is for males and females between 14 and 21 years of age. The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Explorers Post was founded with the goal to establish skills, knowledge, and experience for future careers in the fire and emergency services profession by participating in emergency calls and assisting in the community. Members of the Explorers attend monthly meetings at an area fire station for training and provide help within the fire department with trained leaders. For more information regarding the Explorers contact Michael Sims:(phone) 678-644-1377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/post469.
The Chaplain Response Unit - This unit was formed in May of 2007, to assist fire department personnel with the stresses and difficult calls that personnel handle in the fire service. The Chaplain Unit is a Non-Denominational group that is made up of ministers in the county. The team also helps in spiritual guidance, family life, and assist citizens in the county when faced with the unexpected death of a loved one. The team also is a part of the Critical Incident Stress Team for Cherokee County, takes part in The Ghost Out programs with Safe Kids of Cherokee and also has been to other counties in the state to help with fire departments that do not have a Chaplain in their county. When a Chaplain meets with anyone the information is kept confidential between the individual, personnel, and family members and the Chaplain. To contact a Chaplain call dispatch and ask them to page a Chaplain, or email email@example.com.