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Franklin's Garzarek to lead regional fire chiefs' association

Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek receives his president's pin from his wife Gina in Franklin.

Franklin Fire Chief Rocky Garzarek is the new president of the 2013-2014 Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC). Garzarek was sworn in at the association’s annual conference held recently in Charleston, S.C.

The SEAFC includes Tennessee and nine other states, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  It is one of eight regional divisions of the International Association of Fire Chiefs established in 1873. It represents the leadership of over 1.2 million firefighters and emergency responders in the U.S. and Canada.

Garzarek said the mission of the SEAFC is to provide leadership, education, information, and networking to career and volunteer chief fire officers and managers of emergency service organizations. Knoxville will host next year’s conference.

Garzarek’s leadership in Franklin has improved the city’s fire protection rating twice with the Insurance Services Office since he became chief in 2004.  The City of Franklin now has a Class 2 rating, the best in the state.  

Garzarek is also a peer assessor for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; is active on the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Legislative Committee, and was a contributing author/reviewer of the International Fire Service Training Association Chief Officer manual.

 Garzarek has a B.S. in public administration from Athens State University in Athens, Ala.  and an A.A.S. in fire science from Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service LEAD (Leading, Educating and Developing) program.


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