Friday, August 7, 2009

Chief Kelvin Cochran Confirmed as U.S. Fire Administrator

Today, by voice vote, Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran received the Senate’s confirmation as U.S. Fire Administrator. Cochran’s priorities would include reassessing the use of firefighter grants and building a closer relationship between the federal government and local fire departments.

“Chief Kelvin Cochran has brought a wealth of knowledge to Atlanta Fire Rescue and has been an invaluable member of our team. During one of the most difficult times in the City of Atlanta, he oversaw 35 fire stations providing fire, rescue and emergency medical services, successfully managed the departmental furloughs, instituted fire station open houses across the city, and has served as the city lead in the expansion and improvement of the Atlanta Region Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI),” said Mayor Shirley Franklin. “While we will miss him, we are proud that President Obama selected him for US Fire Administrator and are certain he will continue his public service with distinction.”

“Serving the American Fire Service and the Obama Administration as the U.S. Fire Administrator is an honor. I look forward to engaging all federal and non-governmental fire service stakeholders to enhance or service, reduce fire losses and ensure domestic tranquility,” said Cochran.

Prior to joining the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, he served in the Shreveport, La. fire department as a Firefighter, Assistant Chief Training Officer, and Fire Chief. Cochran also served as President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, the 1st Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and Vice Chairman of Volunteers of America (VOA).

Mayor Franklin will review the recommendations from the Interview Committee and will timely appoint an Interim Fire Chief to ensure a well-organized, smooth transition.

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