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.


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.


A SHIFT – STATION #3

William Johnston Lieutenant


A SHIFT – STATION #4

Alan Humbers Lieutenant



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

Justin Godwin Captain

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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.

Captain 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.

Captain 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.


B SHIFT – STATION #2

Josh Godwin Lieutenant


B SHIFT – STATION #3

Lance Card Lieutenant


B SHIFT – STATION #4

Tabius McKnight Lieutenant



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

John McFarland Captain


C SHIFT – STATION #2

James Rylee Lieutenant


C SHIFT – STATION #3

Jason Moye Lieutenant


C SHIFT – STATION #4

Peter Henderson Lieutenant