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. This position is responsible for making the fire apparatus are staffed at all times. This division works hard to ensure the community is served to the best of the department’s ability in all areas of the fire service. In addition to running calls, 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 Stephan Hutchins
Fire Inspector Justin Taylor
A large part of this Division’s responsibility is performing inspections for existing businesses and approving plans for new buildings. In 2021, over 2,600 inspections were completed. Personnel in this Divison 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.
This Division is also responsible for 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. In 2021, the Statesboro Fire Department was able to reach over 16,000 people with fire safety information.
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 Hutchins came to SFD in 2019 after serving as Fire Marshal for the CIty of Pooler. Promoted through the ranks of the fire service before moving into prevention. He has earned two Bachelor’s Degrees and is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College.
Inspector Taylor joined SFD in 2020 after serving with Hinesville and Pooler Fire Departments. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant before jumping into prevention. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and is NR-AEMT certified.