WFD Shifts & Stations



James L. Brown Jr.,
Battalion Chief

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After graduating from Ware County High School in 1986, James L. Brown, Jr., served the residents of Ware County as a Volunteer Firefighter. In April of 1987, the City of Waycross presented Brown with the opportunity of being able to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a second-generation firefighter. Thereafter, he served as a firefighter from April 1987 until 1989. In 1989 he was promoted to the rank of Apparatus Engineer and was later promoted to Lieutenant in 1997. He now currently holds the rank of Captain. His responsibilities include supervision of shift and recruit training along with overseeing his engine crew and ladder company.

Battalion Chief Brown holds numerous certifications including: National Professional Qualifications, Firefighter I, II and III, Haz-Mat Awareness, Operations and Technician, Basic Firefighter Instructor and NPQ Fire Instructor I. His leadership skills consist of Supervisory Level I, II and III, NIMS 300 and 400, and Fire Officer I Company Level Operations. Over Captain Brown’s 26 years of dedication to the Waycross Fire Department, he has received a significant amount of awards but his most prominent award is the Firefighter Valor Award.



A SHIFT – STATION #1

Thomas Haddock
Captain/Training Officer

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Capt. Thomas Haddock graduated from Lowndes High School in 1992 and began working for the Waycross Fire Department in August 1994. He studied EMT at Valdosta Tech and Paramedic at OTC, becoming the first paramedic in the Waycross Fire Department.

He was promoted to Driver/Engineer in 2005 and Lieutenant in 2008. As a Lieutenant, he served as an Engine Company Officer in charge of an engine, crew, and station. In 2011 Capt. Haddock became one of the original members of GSAR TF-8. Task Force 8 is a regional Heavy Rescue, Task Force. He completed hundreds of hours of training and has Technician certification in the fields of Confined Space, Haz-Mat, Rope Rescue, Trench Collapse, and Structural Collapse.

Capt. Haddock has a Fire Science Degree from West Georgia Tech. He is a Fire Instructor 2 and a Georgia EMS Instructor level 2. He also serves as an instructor in live fire as a Lead Propane Fire Control Instructor and one of the two Structural Fire Control Instructors in the Waycross Fire Department.

Chelsie Fuller Engineer

Daniel Mathis Firefighter

Austin Alderman Firefighter



A SHIFT – STATION #2

Kelvin DurhamKelvin Durham
Lieutenant

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Kelvin Lamont Durham is a 1990 graduate of Ware County High School. He attended Valdosta State University for one year. Kelvin began his career with the Waycross Fire Department on January 11, 1993, as a firefighter. In 2008 he increased his job responsibilities when he was promoted to Driver Engineer. Then in June 2014, Kelvin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Durham has attended numerous training classes to gain knowledge in specialized areas of his positions to include Fire Service Instructor, HazMat Technician, Leadership as well as Strategy and Tactics to name a few.

Lieutenant Durham is a native of Waycross and has a heart for the community. He actively serves the community through his position with the Waycross Fire Department but goes the extra mile by serving through his church as well.

Tomas Heard Engineer

Aaron Goddard Firefighter

Brett Evans Firefighter



A SHIFT – STATION #3

Justin Godwin
Lieutenant

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Justin Godwin is a 2001 graduate of Ware County High School. He attended Valdosta State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administrations with a Major in Business Management. Justin began his career with the Waycross Fire Department on January 19, 2011, as a firefighter. In 2014 he increased his job responsibilities when he was promoted to Driver Engineer. Then in September 2017, Justin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Godwin has attended numerous training classes to gain knowledge in specialized areas of his positions to include Fire Service Instructor, HazMat Operations, NIMS, and Fire Supervision as well as a certified evaluator to name a few.

Lieutenant Godwin is a native of Waycross and is married with children. While residing in Blackshear he actively serves the community through his position with the Waycross Fire Department.

Daryl Perritt Engineer

VACANT Engineer

Corbett Mooneyhan Firefighter



A SHIFT – STATION #4

Alan Humbers Lieutenant

Lance Bennett Engineer

William Johnston Engineer

Maddox Hall Firefighter




James ‘Jim’ E. Blackburn, Jr.,
Battalion Chief

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After graduating from Ware County High School in 1988, Battalion Chief Jim Blackburn, Jr. began working at the Coca Cola Bottling Company until he was hired by the Waycross Fire Department in April 1991 as a firefighter. Battalion Chief Blackburn obtained National Certification as a Firefighter I and II, as well as attending and receiving training in numerous other areas of firefighting. Battalion Chief Blackburn was promoted to Driver/Engineer in January 2000 where he operated any of the Fire Department’s apparatus. He was later promoted to Lieutenant in July 2004 where he supervised an engine company and assigned fire station. In August 2008 he promoted to the rank of Captain/Training Officer and oversees the daily training activities of his assigned shift.

Additionally in 2011 Battalion Chief Blackburn became a member of the Georgia Search and Rescue Team (GSAR), specifically GSAR QRT-8, which provides specialized rescue personnel to 21 counties that make up area 8, the team can also be deployed statewide as well as nationally. Through becoming a member of GSAR, Battalion Chief Blackburn has obtained National Certification as a High Angle Rope Rescue Technician, Trench Collapse Rescue Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Structural Collapse Technician, and Wildland Search Technician.

Battalion Chief Blackburn continues to serve as the Training Officer presently assigned to C-Shift. He holds certification as an NPQ Fire Instructor I, Live Fire Instructor, Pressurized Container Fire Control Instructor, and is an NPQ Evaluator for the State of Georgia.



B SHIFT – STATION #1

Kyle Daniell Captain

Lonnie Dryden Engineer

Sarahjane Bryant Firefighter

Brittney Weingard Firefighter



B SHIFT – STATION #2

Josh Godwin Lieutenant

Danny Dileo Engineer

Richard Bunce Firefighter

Diego Aguiar Firefighter



B SHIFT – STATION #3

John McFarland Lieutenant

VACANT Engineer

Lance Card Engineer

Dale McDowell Firefighter



B SHIFT – STATION #4

Dusty Godwin Lieutenant

Donald King Engineer

Tabius McKnight Engineer

Josh Welch Firefighter




Randall Miles
Battalion Chief

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Battalion Chief Randall Miles graduated from Ware County High School in 1982. He began his career at the Waycross Fire Department in September 1990. During his early years with the Department, he attended night classes at Waycross College and received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He studied and practiced for the Driver/Engineer position and was promoted to that position in September 1994.

Throughout his years with the Waycross Fire Department, he has received many hours of classroom and hands-on training in all areas of the fire service. He is NPQ qualified in Firefighter I, II and III, as well as Fire Instructor I. He has rescue training; and is trained in Haz-Mat awareness, operations, and technician and reviews and refreshes his training as needed. He is also a First Responder and stays updated on any CPR requalifications.

Battalion Chief Miles began taking fire officer classes and was promoted to Lieutenant in November 2004. He has training in the Incident Command System and Principles of Building Construction. He continues to take any training needed to advance in the Department and completes all required training needed annually.



C SHIFT – STATION #1

Roger Smith
Captain

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After graduation from the G.E.D program in 1986, Captain Roger Smith enlisted in the Georgia National Guard and served in Desert Storm in 1990 and part of 1991. He was also deployed to Iraq for 18 months in 2003 and part of 2004. Presently serving the country at this time at the rank of Sergeant First Class and is now on the EPS list to be promoted to the prestigious rank of Master Sergeant or First Sergeant. He is also living out his childhood dream as a firefighter with the Waycross Fire Department which is his pride and joy. Captain Smith was promoted to Engineer in 1991 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2012. As Captain, he supervises and trains firefighters to respond to a disaster in a moment’s notice. He is responsible for the shift activity and management of Station #2. Additionally, Captain Smith is a dedicated family man that puts family first and loves the Lord with all this heart. He faithfully serves his church and community.

James Rylee Engineer

Garrett Smith Firefighter

Kaitlyn Holland Firefighter



C SHIFT – STATION #2

Ameer Moore Lieutenant

Stephen Head Engineer

Tracy Taylor Firefighter

Scott Raulerson Firefighter



C SHIFT – STATION #3

Jason Moye Lieutenant

Chad Mathis Engineer

Josh Waldron Engineer

Brandon Williams Firefighter



C SHIFT – STATION #4

Peter Henderson Lieutenant

Darius Hill Engineer

Hunter Griffis Engineer

Andrew Rebollo Firefighter