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Henry County Fire Department

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Division Chief of Operations

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
Operations Chief

The Operations Division is overseen by Division Chief Brad Johnson, and includes all of the apparatus, firefighters and paramedics who respond to emergencies when citizens call “911.”  Thirteen stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, prepared to respond at a moment’s notice.

The HCFD Operations Section responds to emergency requests from the public for fires, medical calls, motor vehicle crashes, rescues from entrapment, hazardous materials incidents, and many other emergency situations.  As first responders, our firefighters are also Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)

who can begin administering treatment before an ambulance arrives on scene. The cross-training is an important part of how the HCFD Operations Division works together to provide the best medical care for the citizens of Henry County.

Fire Section

Fire Section

Captain Stan Jones
Captain Stan Jones
Operations/Fire Section

The Fire Section of the Operations Division is under the direction of Captain Stan Jones.  Captain Jones has been with the department since May of 1982.  Captain Jones began serving in this position in August of 2006. 

Fire Section serves unincorporated Henry County and cities of Stockbridge, Hampton, and Locust Grove, with 13 Engine Apparatus, 1 Quint Apparatus, 2 Ladders, and 2 Squads for firefighting operations, supplemented with EMS ambulances.

Fire Section responds to all Fires, Rescues (extrications), and Special Operational commitments (Hazmat, Confined Space, Trench Rescue and Dive Rescues). Fire Section promotes and disseminates progressive equipment and tactics for Henry County’s growing needs in changes from rural to suburban housing.  Fire Section also supplements City of McDonough Fire Department with an ongoing automatic aid agreement.  

The Fire Section in conjunction with EMS, have implemented and maintained 11 Advanced Life Support (ALS) First Responder Engine Apparatus to supplement the ever increasing call volume of EMS providing the community with the highest level of first responder care available at this time. All fire apparatus have been upgraded to 5” large diameter hose, to better supply water on the ever increasing larger residence and business. Safety has also been added to all fire apparatus with Cab-Over Mirrors, for drivers to better see and not have as many blind spots on the large apparatus. (Both of these projects were funded by Grants.)

EMS Section

EMS Section

Henry County Fire Department provides emergency medical service coverage for all of Henry County utilizing 11 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, 1 ALS Quick Response Unit, 11 ALS fire apparatus, 2 Basic Life Support Basic Life Support (BLS) fire apparatus, and a host of first responders. In addition Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), the EMS Billing Department, and the Bike Team.

Henry County Fire Department sends a medical response to all requests for medical care and other calls in which the need may arise such as hazardous materials and structure fires. All HCFD response personnel are required to have an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I) certification at a minimum. HCFD is staffed with over 100 members licensed as paramedics.

Battalion Chiefs

Chief Chris Sherwood Chief Chris Sherwood
A-Shift Battalion Chief Chris Sherwood joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1989. Chief Sherwood is assigned to the Northern part of Henry County. Sherwood is the current Chairman for the Henry County Local Emergency Planning Committee. With 22 years in the fire service Sherwood brings valuable experience to his shift.
   
Captain Stacey Ponder Chief Stacey Ponder
A-Shift Captain Stacey Ponder joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1993. Captain Ponder is assigned to the Southern part of Henry County. He is the Health & Wellness Officer for HCFD. Captain Ponder is also assigned to special operations. Ponder brings 18 years of experience to HCFD’s frontline of defense. 
   
Chief Barry Cooper Chief Barry Cooper
B-Shift Battalion Chief Barry Cooper joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1989.  Chief Cooper is assigned  to the Southern part of Henry County.  Cooper is a member of the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and camp counselor for Camp Oo-U-La.  Having 28 years in the fire service, Cooper brings valuable experience in supervisory duties of the B-shift operations.   
   
Chief Tom Gardner

Chief Tom Gardner
B-Shift Battalion Chief Tom Gardner joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1984.  Chief Gardner is assigned to the Southern part of Henry County.  With nearly 27 years in the fire service, he brings valuable    experience to his supervisory duties of the B-shift operations.

   
Chief Tommy McClain Chief Tommy McClain
C-Shift Battalion Chief Tommy McClain joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1996. McClain has 22 years experience in the fire service. Chief McClain is assigned to the Northern part of Henry County. He is a Rescue Dive Master and has been a member of the Dive Team since he joined the department. McClain is the Technical Rescue Dive Team Coordinator and was very instrumental in the development of the HCFD Technical Rescue Team.
   
Chief Steve Copeland Chief Steve Copeland
C-Shift Battalion Chief Steve Copeland joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1990. Chief Copeland is assigned to the Southern part of Henry County. Copeland has 25 years of experience in the fire and emergency services. He is a member of the FEMA Homeland Security Prepositioned Support Team #6 for the Prepositioned Equipment Program. Copeland also assist with training as well as arson investigation.

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Battalion Captains

Captain Jim Nelms Captain Jim Nelms
A-Shift Captain Jim Nelms joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1990. Captain Nelms is assigned to the Northern part of Henry County. Nelms has 28 years of experience in the fire service and has been very instrumental in Critical Incident Stress Management for the Southeastern United States.
   
Captain Stacey Ponder Captain Jonathan Burnette
A-Shift Captain Jonathan Burnette joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1998. Captain Burnette is assigned to the Southern part of Henry County. Burnette has been a member of the HCFD Technical Rescue Team since its inception and was very instrumental in the development of the team.
   
Captain Jeff Sheffield Captain Jeff Sheffield
B-Shift Captain Jeff Sheffield joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1988. Captain Sheffield is assigned to the Southern part of Henry County. Sheffield is the Technical Rescue Assistant Dive Team Coordinator and has served on the Dive Team for over 15 years.
   
Captain Brian Dees

Captain Brian Dees
B-Shift Captain Brian Dees joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1994. Captain Dees is assigned to the Southern part of Henry County. With over 17 years in the fire service, he brings valuable experience to his supervisory duties of the B-shift operations.

   
Captain Ed Lewis Captain Ed Lewis
C-Shift Captain Ed Lewis joined the Henry County Fire Department in 1994. Captain Lewis is assigned to the Northern part of Henry County. Lewis brings over 17 years of valuable experience to his supervisory duties of the management of C-shift operations.
   
Captain Jeff Sheffield Captain Damion Vaughan
C-Shift/South Battalion Captain Damion Vaughan joined the Henry County Fire Department in 2000. An OEF Veteran, Captain Vaughan served in the US Army and US Air Force for 12 years, 6 of which were active duty. He currently serves as the President of the Southern Crescent Chapter, Fellowship of Christian Firefighters and started a Veterans Outreach Ministry through his church. Vaughan has been a member of the HCFD Technical Rescue Team since its inception and continues to teach Hazardous Materials to members of the department and industry stakeholders.

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