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David Rhodes - #339 - Chief Elder - Smoke Daddy

David RhodesDavid Rhodes is a 31-year fire service veteran.

He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a Hands-on Training Coordinator for FDIC, an Editorial Advisor and author for Fire Engineering Magazine, an Adjunct Instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy, and an Advisory Board Member for Underwriters Laboratory Vertical Ventilation Study.

He serves as the Incident Commander for the Georgia Emergency Management - Metro Atlanta All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a Task Force Leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team.

He is president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc. which provides public safety training, consulting and promotional assessment centers.

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Brent Hullender - #593 - Chief Elder - Chief Operating Officer

Brent HullenderBrent Hullender is a 24-year fire service veteran.  Brent graduated from Georgia Smoke Diver Class #30 in 1994 and Mississippi Smoke Diver Class #87 in 2009.

He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a Hands-on Training Coordinator for FDIC, and an Adjunct Instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy.

Brent is a nationally recognized fire service instructor.  Some of his accomplishments include developing the Firefighter Assist & Survival Tactics Course (FAST) and teaching it throughout the country, as well as being a Lead Instructor for FDIC.

He is President of Atlantic Training Associates, Inc., which provides fire and technical rescue training to the fire service, military, and private industry.

 

Don Sapp - #126

Don SappDon Sapp is a 40-year fire service veteran. He was formerly on staff at the Georgia Fire Academy as a Live Fire Instructor.  Also, Don served 25 years with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department as a Sergeant and 10 years with Henry County Fire Department as a Lieutenant before retiring.

Don is an active member of the Axioms of Leadership and the Firefighters Laboring And Mastering Essential Skills (F.L.A.M.E.S.) programs.  While attending the F.L.A.M.E.S program Don received #126, the same number he received 29 years earlier from the Georgia Smoke Diver Program.

Don also works Logistics for the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), is a Dive Master, Hazardous Materials Technician, NPQ Firefighter I & II, and is a member of the Georgia Firefighters Association.

 

Joel Yoder - #192

Joel YoderJoel Yoder is 35-year fire service veteran currently serving as Assistant Chief (Operations) with the Rockdale County Fire Department.  He began his career with the City of Conyers Fire Department, where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at 21 years old, becoming one of the youngest fire officers in the state of Georgia.  His department consolidated with the county, where he was promoted to Captain in 2007 and Battalion Chief in 2010. 

Joel became a certified fire service instructor in 1983, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy and a Hands-on Instructor with Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).  He has an AAS in Fire Science Technology.  In 2011 Joel was asked to serve as his department's Acting Fire Chief until a permanent Chief was named. Joel was then promoted to Assistant Chief (Operations) in 2012.

 

Daryl Purvine - #334

Daryl PurvineDaryl Purvine is a 32-year fire service veteran currently serving as a Lieutenant with the City of Smyrna Fire Department.  Daryl is an Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a Fire Service Instructor, a Hazmat Technician, a Paramedic and a CPR Instructor.

Daryl once played football at the University of Alabama for legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

 

 

Mike Russell - #345

Mike RussellMike Russell is a 31-year fire service veteran currently serving as a Battalion Chief with the City of Dalton Fire Department. Mike started his career as a volunteer at the Whitfield County Fire Department for 10 years and served 7 years at Whitfield EMS before joining the Dalton Fire Department in 1992.

Mike graduated from Georgia Smoker Diver Class #18 in the fall of 1986 and has been an instructor for the program ever since.  Mike is a Structural Fire Control Instructor and assists with Hands-on Training Courses for the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

 

Merv McDonald - #406

Merv McDonaldMerv McDonald is a 29-year fire service veteran currently serving as the Captain of Engine 53 with the City of Marietta Fire Department, where he also leads the department’s Hazardous Materials Team.  He formerly served as the Deputy Chief of Fort Oglethorpe Fire and Rescue.

He is currently an Operations Section Chief with the Georgia Emergency Management - Metro Atlanta All Hazards Incident Management Team and a member of the Georgia Search and Rescue Metro Team.  Merv is a partner with MRJ Consulting specializing in assisting with ISO Fire Department Ratings and a Hands-on Instructor with the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC).

 

Jack Sorrells - #453

Jack SorrellsJack Sorrells is a 28-year fire service veteran currently serving as a Captain on Truck 14 with the Technical Rescue Team for Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services.  Jack graduated from the Georgia Smoke Diver program in the Fall of 1990, the Texas Smoke Diver program in the Spring of 2011, and has been a Guest Instructor with the Tennessee Smoke Diver program as well.

Jack serves as a Hands-on Instructor with the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Metro Atlanta Fire Fighters Conference (MAFFC), and Metro Atlanta Extrication & Technical Rescue Conference (MAETRC). He has an AAS in Fire Science Technology and a BA in Finance, and is a Hazardous Materials Technician and Technical Rescue Technician.

In his past life, Jack served in the United States Army, stationed 4 years with the 5th INF Division.

 

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