Chief of Training - Kelly Caldwell
Kelly Caldwell began his service with the City of Marietta Fire Department in 1984 as a Firefighter/EMT. He was promoted to Fire Engineer in 1987 and then to Lieutenant in 1993. He served at several suppression stations throughout the city as he aspired to advance his career in the fire service. His hard work and ambition paid off and in 2000, Chief Gibbs promoted to him Captain at Station 56 where he led the Hazardous Materials Response Team. Just four years later, he was promoted to Assistant Chief and subsequently served as B-Shift’s Operations Chief for the next 11 years. In 2015, Chief Gibbs positioned him to lead the Training Division where he currently serves as MFD’s Training Chief. Chief Caldwell’s passions lie in Fire training and Incident Command and he enjoys designing and facilitating training in those areas.
Caldwell oversees all aspects of recruit, fire, and fitness training for the department. He supervises the scheduling, implementation and documentation of in-service training for NPQ-Certified fire suppression personnel and manages the transition of new-hires from the recruiting and hiring processes through to graduation. Chief Caldwell is responsible for all promotional processes and continuing education for both the Suppression and Administrative Divisions.
During his tenure with Marietta Fire, Chief Caldwell has earned certifications as an EMT-I, Hazardous Materials-Technician, Technical Rescue Specialist, and NPQ Incident Safety Officer. He is actively involved in teaching at the Georgia Fire Academy in programs such as the Georgia Smoke Diver Program and is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and International Association of Fire Service Instructors.