Henry County Fire Department
Brenda Nishiyama “Nish” Willis began her fire service career in 1977. She currently serves as Henry County’s new Fire Chief. She most recently served the citizens of Riverdale, Georgia as their Fire Chief, having held the post since 2012.
In the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department, Chief Willis distinguished herself as a highly motivated, career-oriented firefighter who accepted any challenge placed before her. She was one of the first 20 female firefighters hired by the Atlanta Fire Department, and she was the first female to serve on the department’s prestigious hazardous materials and technical rescue unit. She served as the Deputy Chief of Airport Operations the last year of her career with Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.
Chief Willis has a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration. She is an adjunct faculty member with the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is called to teach classes throughout the United States. Chief Willis was an adjunct instructor at Dekalb Technical College and is a certified fire instructor at the Georgia State Fire Academy.
Chief Willis is currently involved in numerous charitable organizations that lend aid to area communities. She has enjoyed a tremendous amount of respect and success in her personal life as well as the professional organizations in which she is involved. She looks forward to continuing her career and setting the pace for men, women and future leaders of the Fire Profession.