Fire Prevention Division Chief
The Bureau of Fire Prevention Division Chief oversees and manages the Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Fire Marshal's Office to include fire code enforcement, plans review and fire investigations, as well as the Department's Public Safety Community efforts. The department currently staffs four, full-time investigators/inspectors.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention is responsible with enforcing the State of Georgia's Minimum Fire Safety Standards. Our goal is to educate the public in taking precautions to prevent potentially harmful fires end educating them in fire survival. It is a proactive method of reducing emergencies and fire damage. Fire prevention is everyone's concern.
The primary functions of the Fire Prevention Division are:
- Inspection of existing structures to ensure Fire and Life Safety requirements are met
- Plan review of all new building projects and remodels for complains with adopted codes
- Enforcement of the Department of Justice ADA Guidelines for Accessible Design
- Issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (COs)
- Fire investigations
- Issuance of Special Events permits (i.e. Bonfire permits)
Chief Johnson has twenty-seven years of fire service experience with the Smyrna Fire Department Department. He has promoted through every rank within the department to his current position of Division Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Chief Johnson has over thirty-three years of fire service experience starting his firefighting career in the United States Air Force as a crash-fire-rescue technician. He gained experience as an industrial firefighter working for Lockheed Aeronautical System Company (LASC) in Burbank California. He has a wide range of experience in the fire service including structural and aircraft firefighting, firefighter training and public education, arson investigation and ems emergency medical service.
During his 27-year career with Smyrna, he has been involved in every division of the department beginning as a firefighter in 1992. He progressed through the ranks of the department obtaining Firefighter II in 1995, Fire Engineer in 1999, and Fire Lieutenant in 2001. He was put in charge of the training division as the Training Lieutenant in 2004. Promoted to the rank of Captain and placed in charge of the Prevention Division in 2009. In 2016, he obtained his current rank of Division Chief.
Chief Johnson hold numerous National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) including Fire Officer III, Fire Inspector III, Fire Safety Educator II and is a Georgia State Certified Paramedic. He is a Georgia Mandated Police Officer and Arson Investigator. He was named Smyrna Firefighter of the Year in 2001 and has received numerous commendations during his career; He is a current member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Fire Marshals Association (IFMA), Georgia Fire Investigators Association (GFIA) and the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).