Chief of Training - Chris Whitmire
Chris Whitmire began his service with the city of Marietta Fire Department in 1991 as a firefighter/EMT. He was promoted eight years later to firefighter engineer and after just one year, joined the training division as a lieutenant. The fire department promoted Whitmire to commander in 2001. He remained part of the training division until his return to suppression in 2003. Two years later, Whitmire joined the prevention division where he served as the data management officer. There he was responsible for creating and implementing training for newly introduced technology in the fire department. He also provided statistics and documentation by working with the fire department reporting system, INFERS.
In 2006, Whitmire returned to the training division where he serves as chief of training. Whitmire oversees all aspects of recruit, fire, and fitness training. Promotions and continuing education for both the suppression and administrative divisions fall under the responsibilities of the training chief. Whitmire also supervises the scheduling, implementation and documentation of in-service training for NPQ-certified fire suppression personnel, as well as the transition of new hires from the recruitment and hiring process through graduation.
During his tenure with Marietta Fire, Chris has achieved certifications as an EMT-paramedic, hazardous materials-operations level and NPQ incident safety officer. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Leadership Cobb Alumni Association and Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs.
Chief Whitmire earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1989 and an associate's of applied science in fire science technology from DeKalb College in 1994. He also earned his MBA from Kennesaw State University in 2008.