Fire Administration

Scott Blue was appointed Fire Chief of Carroll County in November of 2013 and serves as the department head for Carroll County Fire Rescue. Chief Blue is a native of Ashburn, Georgia and started his career in the fire service as a firefighter with the United States Air Force. in addition, he has served with Hinesville Fire Department, Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office, Terrell County Emergency Services, Worth County Fire Rescue, and Heard County Fire and Emergency Services. He holds a degree in fire science from West Georgia Technical College along with multiple fire and emergency medical certifications including; Firefighter, Fire Officer IV, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Manager, Fire Instructor, Fire Inspector, Life and Fire Safety Educator, and Fire Investigator. 

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Tad Richardson was appointed the Deputy Chief of Operations for Carroll County Fire Rescue in 2014. As Chief of Operations, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the department and supervision of the Battalion Captains. Chief Richardson is a native of Carroll County and is a graduate of Villa Rica High School. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter with Carroll County in 1999. Tad transitioned into a career firefighter in 2001 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. He currently holds multiple certifications including; Firefighter, Fire Officer III, First Responder, Life and Fire Safety Educator, and Fire Instructor.

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Deputy Chief Bud Benefield has been an active member of the Fire Rescue, EMS & Emergency Management services for more than 37 years. He began his career in the emergency services field as a volunteer firefighter with the Bowdon, GA Fire Department serving until the department was merged to form the current Carroll County Fire Rescue in 1979. He is one of the original founding members of Carroll County Fire Rescue. Deputy Chief Benefield was promoted to his current role in 2000. He has served the department in various roles from Volunteer Firefighter to various officer ranks up to the current Deputy Chief position held today. He was instrumental in bringing the National Professional Qualifications System - NPQ, into Georgia by being among the first Georgia Fire Departments to implement the NPQ system into Carroll County Fire Rescue's training program in the early 1990's. Deputy Chief Benefield holds multiple state and national certifications as a firefighter, fire instructor, fire investigator, fire safety educator, Chief Fire Officer, Georgia Peace Officer & Georgia Deputy Sheriff. He is Nationally Registered as an Emergency Medical Technician, State Emergency Medical Instructor,Certified Emergency Manager, and a Georgia Emergency Management Agency Field Instructor. He also serves as an American Heart Association Affiliate Faculty and has serves on the advisory board for The Faithful Guardian Training Center in Carroll County.

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Debra Lanier serves as the Program Manager for Carroll County Fire Rescue. She is responsible for managing the office including GFIRS reporting, payroll, records retention, departmental purchasing, scheduling, and many other duties. Debra is a native of Carroll County and a graduate of Carrollton High School. She has been an employee of Carroll County since 1987 and was appointed to her current position in 2009.

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