Eight members of the Dalton Fire Department had their promotions confirmed by unanimous vote of the Public Safety Commission at its monthly meeting Tuesday morning.
Alan Ridley was promoted to the rank of captain. He joined the Dalton Fire Department in April 1999, working his way up through the ranks. Most recently, he served as a lieutenant and holds multiple certifications in strategy and tactics, incident command, management, and supervision.
Kirk Williams is moving up from the rank of firefighter 3 to lieutenant. Lt. Williams joined the department in October 2001 and was promoted to firefighter 3 in August 2007. He holds a number of training certifications from both the Georgia Fire Academy and National Fire Academy including leadership and management certifications, instructor certifications in structural fire control and emergency vehicle operations and is a hazardous materials technician and an emergency medical technician.
Chance Nelson and Jeremy Phillips were both promoted from engineer to the rank of firefighter 3. Nelson joined the DFD in March 2003 and has risen through the ranks, most recently serving as an engineer. He also holds a number of certifications including management and supervision certifications such as acting officer in charge, and certification in the National Incident Command System (NIMS). Phillips joined the fire department in September 2003 and has been the “A” shift engineer since July 2008. Phillips has a number of training qualifications and certifications and has also served in the role of firefighter 3 numerous times in the absence of other officers.
Dale Stratton and Jared Burns were both moved up from firefighter 2 to the rank of engineer. Engineer Stratton joined the DFD in February 2005 and was promoted to firefighter 2 in April 2006. He is a member of the Georgia Search and Rescue (GSAR) team which includes holding a number of certifications in rescue strategy and techniques. He is a paramedic, a Georgia Smoke Diver, and has graduated from the Firefighters Laboring and Mastering Essential Skills (FLAMES) course. Engineer Burns is also a Georgia Smoke Diver and FLAMES graduate, and has a number of NIMS certifications. He joined the Dalton Fire Department in July 2011.
Adam Stanley and Justin Rishel both received promotions from firefighter 1 to firefighter 2. Firefighter 2 Stanley joined the fire department in July 2011 and he is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He also holds a number of different firefighter and rescue certifications. Firefighter 2 Rishel joined the fire department in January 2003. He is a member of the GSAR team and also has a number of rescue and hazardous material certifications.
Below (from left to right): Engineer Jared Burns, Firefighter 2 Adam Stanley, Firefighter 3 Jeremy Phillips, Firefighter 2 Justin Rishel, Firefighter 3 Chance Nelson, Engineer Dale Stratton, Deputy Chief Todd Pangle, Chief Bruce Satterfield (Captain Alan Ridley and Lt. Kirk Williams were out of town for training and did not attend)