OUR DEPARTMENT

We exist to provide superior fire, rescue, and emergency services to the citizens and visitors of Cobb County in a proficient, professional, and compassionate manner. We continuously promote life safety within the county by practicing prevention, planning, education, and training.

Our Vision

To be a professional organization leading the way in setting a standard of excellence.

Values

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Honor

Cultural Commitments

  • Fitness
  • Unity through Diversity
  • Safety
  • Education 

Department Facts

  • Over 700 sworn personnel
  • Over 63,000 calls annually
  • Covering 305 square miles
  • Serving over 755,000 residents
  • 29 Stations (13 Advanced Life Support Stations)
  • 29 Engines
  • 8 Aerial Ladder Trucks
  • 9 Rescue Vehicles
  • 2 Technical Rescue teams
  • 2 Hazmat teams
  • 1 MedOps Team
  • 2 Boats for river/lake rescues

Chief's Office

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Chief Johnson has served more than 26 years at the fire department in which he has distinguished himself with his leadership and management skills. He is well-versed in the operations of the Fire Department having served in various roles throughout his career. During his employment with Cobb County, he has advanced through the ranks from Firefighter to his most recent appointment as Fire Chief in August 2020.

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia Southern University in fire science. He is a University of Georgia, Carl Vinson Institute of Government EXCEL graduate. Additionally, he is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Cobb.

DEPUTY CHIEFS

  • Kevin Gross, Deputy Chief

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    Deputy Chief Gross has been with Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services for 23 years. During this time, he has served in numerous capacities including Executive Officer to the Director of Public Safety, Battalion Chief, District One Chief, and Deputy Chief of Response. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Preparedness. Deputy Chief Gross has a Master’s in Business Administration from Reinhardt University, Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Valdosta State University, and an Associate’s in Fire Management from Georgia Perimeter College. He is married to his wife, Kim, and they have two sons, Connor and Parker.

  • Carl Crumbley, Deputy Chief

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    Deputy Chief Crumbley has been with Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services since November of 1998. He has served in various capacities to include Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief. He is a Certified Paramedic, Incident Safety Officer, Hazardous Material Technician and Health & Safety Program Manager. In February of 2019, Chief Crumbley became the Division Chief of EMS Operations, and in July 2020 he became the Deputy Chief of Community Risk Reduction. Deputy Chief Crumbley has earned an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Fire Science Technology from West Georgia Technical College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.

  • Mike Schutz, Deputy Chief

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    Deputy Chief Schutz began his fire service career with Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services in February 1996. He has risen through the ranks to his current position and has also served as a Paramedic, Training Lieutenant, Training Captain and Training Chief. He has worked in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th battalions throughout his career. Deputy Chief Schutz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management in Leadership from Reinhardt University and an Associate Degree in Fire Science for Coosa Valley Technical College. Deputy Chief Schutz is currently completing the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy.

DIVISION & DISTRICT CHIEFS

  • Michael Cunningham, Chief of Staff

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    Chief Cunningham has proudly served at Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services since 2005. As a Division Chief, serving in the role of Chief of Staff, he is responsible for managing the administrative system which guides the daily operations for the Fire Chief and senior command staff. This is accomplished through the action of providing strategic counsel to the Fire Chief, and other Command Staff members, as well as perform oversight, project management, performance management, and policy direction in line with the department’s strategic plan.

    Chief Cunningham’s past assignments have included: Firefighter/EMT-I, Engineer/EMT-I, Field Lieutenant/EMT-I, Training Division Lieutenant/EMT-I/Instructor II, and Captain/EMT-I. Chief Cunningham holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics, and an Associate's in Applied Science degree in Avionic Systems Technology. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with wife, Bita, and son Gavin, traveling, doing outdoor activities, and socializing with family and friends.

  • Nicholas Adams, Division Chief

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    Since his public safety career began in 1992, Nick served with several agencies, including the Georgia Army National Guard, CareLine EMS (later AMR), and Mountain Park Fire & Rescue. In 1998, he joined Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services, where he is currently the EMS Division Chief. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Master of Public Administration degrees from Jacksonville State University. In 2017, Nick was awarded the EMS Advocate of the Year. In addition, Nick serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of EMS and was a founding member of the Metro Atlanta EMS Conference.

  • Nicholas A. Dawe, Fire Marshal

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    Division Chief Nicholas Dawe is an experienced Fire Marshal with an extended history of working in the Government Administration industry. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering program and the Seneca College of Fire Protection Engineering Tech Program.

    Nick has a proven skillset in Public Safety, Emergency Management, Fire Management, and Fire Protection. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Business Administration and Management from Reinhardt University McCamish School of Business and is a graduate of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government for State Local Officials. Furthermore, he is a member of several NFPA Technical Committees and has a lot of experience developing public policy and life safety codes, and is a chapter author for the Fire Protection Handbook.

  • Tom Hancock, Training Chief

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    Training Chief Tom Hancock is a student of the fire service and has served more than 24 years with Cobb Fire. He has worked his way up through the ranks as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief in the response division before being appointed to his current position as Division Chief of Training. Tom was one of the founding members of the Metro Atlanta Firefighters Conference. He has served as a classroom and hands on instructor for many conferences including Firehouse Expo, FDIC, MAFFC, and many more.

    Tom is a credentialed Chief Training Officer through the Commission on Professional Credentialing. He has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Coosa Valley Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Reinhardt University, and a Master’s degree from the Command College at Columbus State University. Tom is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officers Program at the National Fire Academy.

  • Scott White, District Chief

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    District Chief Scott White started his firefighting career in 1992 as a volunteer in upstate New York. He joined the CCFES in 1994 and became a member of the Hazardous Material Response Team shortly thereafter. He has served as a member of the department in most battalions and on the HMRT at all ranks including Battalion Chief.

    Chief White was a founding member of the Metro Atlanta Firefighters Conference (MAFFC) in 2009 and also played an integral role in the development of the fledgling Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) program at the Cobb County International Airport. Chief White earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology from SUNY Oswego in 1991 and an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science from Dekalb College in 1997. He currently oversees all response operations for western Cobb County and is also in charge of the Hazmat Team and the ARFF program

  • Christopher Sobieski, District Chief

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    District Chief Christopher Sobieski serves as a district chief in Cobb County (Georgia) Fire & Emergency Services with operational responsibility for the Eastern half of the Metro Atlanta county’s 29 stations as well as the Technical Rescue program. He is a 36-year veteran of the fire service with 32 years at Cobb. His career started as a volunteer in the Northern Virginia/DC area. He oversees Cobb’s Technical Rescue Team, which is a part of the Georgia Search and Rescue TF-7. He also previously served as the executive officer for Cobb’s Director of Public Safety. Additionally, Sobieski is a paramedic and formerly served as a paramedic instructor for 20 years.

SPECIAL UNITS

SQUAD

Cobb County has a pair of dedicated Heavy Rescue Squads. Squad 4, currently assigned to Station 4 in Oakdale near I-285, services the South-end portion of Cobb County. Squad 16, which is assigned to Station 16 in Kennesaw, serves the North-end of Cobb County. Both Squads are assigned with at least four Technical Rescue Technicians on any given shift, with a Lieutenant serving as the Officer in Charge on Squad 4 and a Captain as the OIC on Squad 16.

Squad technicians are certified in Rope Technician, Confined Space, Building Collapse, Trench Rescue, Swift Water and Helicopter Rescues. Either Squad 4 or Squad 16 responds to every working structure fire in Cobb County. All squad members receive a 5% pay incentive.

PUBLIC SAFETY MOBILE COMMAND UNIT

The Public Safety Command Unit, which goes by the call sign 900, is assigned to Station 8 and is staffed 365 days a year by a certified firefighter. The Command Unit is dispatched to all working Commercial Building fires, active shooter events, Hazardous Materials events, and any other event an Incident Commander may deem appropriate.

(Located at Station #8)

CCFES Medical Operations Unit (MedOps)

The Cobb County MedOps is a highly-specialized team composed of paramedics and EMTs who, when called upon by various law enforcement agencies in Cobb County, serve as the tactical medics for hostile events. MedOps serves with the Sheriff’s office, Squad, MCS and more responding agencies and is dispatched to various active shooter events. MedOps is currently assigned to Station 13, in West Cobb County. Paramedic members of the MedOps team receive a 10% pay incentive, while EMT members receive 5%.

(Located at Station #13)

HazMat

Cobb County is host to a pair of Hazmat teams. Hazmat 22 is assigned to the South-side of the county, while Hazmat 8 is assigned to Station 8 on the North-end of the county. During a large-scale Hazmat incident, the two teams work together. Along with housing the Hazmat 8 truck, Station 8 also houses the Decontamination trailer used for large-scale Hazmat scenes. Members of the Hazmat Teams receive an additional 5% pay incentive.

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)

Cobb County is home to a pair of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) trucks, which are assigned to Kennesaw’s McCollum Airport. Members of Hazmat 8 are assigned to the apparatus on a needed basis. The ARFF trucks have unique radio call signs, being named Tomahawk 1 and Tomahawk 2.

Fire Investigations

Cobb County ’s first fire investigation unit was formed in conjunction with building inspections under the newly formed Fire Marshal’s Office in 1968. Today, the fire investigation unit consists of (5) full time investigators. The unit investigates on average between 200-250 fires annually.

All investigators are certified fire investigators, firefighters, and peace officers. Investigators are on call 24-hours a day 365 days a year to respond outside of their normal office hours. Cobb Fire Investigators are responsible for investigating all suspicious and non-suspicious fires where a cause cannot readily be determined by on scene personnel. This responsibility also includes fires resulting in injury and/or death.

We also work closely with the Fire Marshal’s Office, Public Fire & Life Safety Education Division and the Juvenile Fire Setter’s Program to identify and eliminate potential life safety hazards. We are active members of the Metro Arson Task Force (ATF), Metro Fire Investigators Association and the Georgia Fire Investigators Association.

Bill Johnson, Fire Chief
1595 County Services Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30008

Contact Recruiters

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(678) 581-5477

Firefighter Jessica Cochran
(770) 528-8343

Engineer Ed Hooper
(770) 499-3875