David E. Eddins – Fire Chief


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Fire Chief
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Chief David E. Eddins began his firefighting career with the Albany Fire Department on September 14, 1987. He worked with the Albany Fire Department for just over 20 years, serving in the following capacities: Firefighter, Apparatus Operator Engineer (AOE), Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. On March 12, 2008, Chief Eddins took the reins of the Waycross Fire Department as the Fire Chief, where he currently serves.

Chief Eddins earned the designation of Executive Fire Officer (EFO) with his 2011 graduation from the Nation Fire Academy in Emittsburg, Maryland. He also holds Associate Degrees in:

  • 1985 – Education from Albany Junior College (now Darton College)
  • 2003 – Fire Science from West Georgia Technical College, LaGrange, Georgia
  • 2004 – Political Science from Darton College, Albany, Georgia

Chief Eddins has attended numerous training courses at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and National Fire Academy. He has received specialized training in various rescue techniques, HazMat Awareness, HazMat Operations, HazMat Technician, Life Safety Inspector, Arson Investigation as well as Supervisory, Leadership and Management just to name a few.

Chief Eddins currently serves on Georgia’s Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner’s Safety Fire Advisory Board. He also serves as President of the South Central Fire Chiefs Association and District Vice-President for the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association. Locally Chief Eddins serves as the Chairman of the Jim Blackburn Sr. Public Safety Training Center.