Our Divisions

Fire Chief Timothy Grams

Deputy Chief Bobby Duggar

Administrative Battalion Chief Jon Priest

Administrative Assistant Kathleen O’Connor

Administrative Assistant Amy Johnson

These positions play a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the Fire Department. Everything from fleet maintenance, ordering and distributing uniforms and turnout gear, to computers, telephones, and purchase orders. Their days are filled with spreadsheets and receipts. While no one necessarily wants their jobs, everyone understands the necessity and appreciates their hard work. If you have any questions about the department or services we offer, you can Submit a Contact Request or call us at (912)-764-3473

Chief Duggar began his career with SFD in 1999. He served as one of the first lieutenants in the department. He served as the Training Chief before his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2017. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Liberty University and is NR-EMT certified.

Chief Priest began his career with SFD in 1997 before pursuing a successful and fulfilling career in law enforcement. Upon retirement, he decided to rejoin the department in an administrative role. In addition to his daily duties, he is a certified fire investigator and assists the Prevention Division in complex case management. He is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.

Kathleen O’Connor is our New York transplant. She joined us in 2018 and is responsible for most of the department’s financial operations. She acts as the liaison for other city departments and is crucial in the planning of department events.

Amy Johnson joined the SFD family in 2021, just in time to endure COVID-19 with us. She has become a vital member of the administrative team, keeping reams of information in line and making sure that uniforms and equipment are ordered and delivered.

Assistant Chief Jason Baker

Training Captain Parker Johnson

The heart of our whole operation, the Operations and Training Division works hard to ensure fire apparatus are staffed at all times and that the community is served to the best of the department’s ability in all areas of the fire service. In addition to responding to calls for service, all firefighters are required to obtain 240 hours of continuing education each year. Timely and accurate scheduling is required to ensure that all mission objectives are completed and that the citizens of Statesboro receive the best service possible.

Chief Baker began his career with SFD in 2001, after serving in the United States Navy. He has been promoted all the way through the ranks, even serving as one of the first ever promoted company officers. He is a Nationally Registered EMT (and plays a mean air guitar).

Captain Johnson started with SFD in 2012. He served in operations as an FAO before promoting to training captain. Air drummer and lead singer of this dynamic duo.

Prevention Chief Justin Taylor

Fire Inspector Andrew Cheney

Fire Inspector Josh Israel

A large part of this division’s responsibility is performing inspections for existing businesses and approving plans for new buildings. In 2022, over 1,000 inspections were completed. Personnel in this division are responsible for determining the fire origin and cause of each fire incident. Fire investigations help to ensure that fire and building codes are written to adequately protect citizens across the country. You can Request an Inspection here on the website or call (912)-764-3473 if you have any questions on the process.

The Prevention Division is also responsible for providing fire and life safety education for the public. The Department has implemented a fire safety curriculum that was specifically designed to match the age, attention span, and learning style of its various audiences. Teachers can Submit a Request to have firefighters come to their classrooms or plan a field trip to the Fire Department.

The Statesboro Fire Department offers Free Smoke Alarm Installation for Statesboro residents. This service is offered as an effort to build relationships with the community and promote fire safety. We have installed over 600 free smoke detectors.

Chief Taylor joined SFD in 2020 after serving with Hinesville and Pooler Fire Departments. While he has spent the majority of his fire service career in Operations, he has become a pivotal part of the Fire Prevention Division during his time with the SFD. In addition to his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management, he holds certifications as an NR-AEMT, Fire Instructor II, and Emergency Medical Instructor.

Fire Inspector Cheney began his fire service career in 2022 after retiring with over 20 years in law enforcement.

Fire Inspector Israel has been a certified firefighter since 2004, and an EMT since 2005. He has also served in the armed forces.