Executive Staff

The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department is organized into three divisions under the leadership of the Executive Staff. These three areas, Office of the Fire Chief, Operations and Support Services, oversee the day-to-day operations of DeKalb County Fire Rescue. Each of the key departments is listed below:

Office of the Fire Chief

The fire chief, appointed by and accountable to the CEO of DeKalb County, serves as the highest-ranking officer in the organization. The fire chief is responsible for aligning all department functions with the vision of the county by developing and implementing appropriate management processes to accomplish the goals of the DeKalb County. The fire chief is responsible for developing the annual operating budget, implementing the business plan and financial policies, and overseeing the overall operation of DeKalb County Fire Rescue.


Fire Chief

Darnell Fullum


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The Chief of Staff serves within the Office of the Fire Chief and is responsible for managing the day-to-day administrative functions of the department as well as interacting with other internal and external stakeholders. The Chief of Staff is responsible for the Fiscal Office, Public Affairs, Human Resources, Fire Investigations, Internal Affairs, and Compliance and Standards.

Chief of Staff
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Antonio Burden
Assistant Chief



Fire Rescue Operations Division

The deputy chief of operations is responsible for the largest division in DeKalb County Fire Rescue. The chief of operation is supported by three assistant chiefs, 15 battalion chiefs, and over 500 certified firefighters who are cross trained in various levels of emergency medical care. The goal of this division is to enhance the lives and well-being of the citizens by promoting incident response, safety, training, accountability, and professional development for field personnel. The operations division staffs 22 engine companies, 11 ladder companies as well as specialty units including technical rescue, hazardous materials, tactical medical response and airport firefighting. 

Chief of Operations

Norman Augustin - Deputy Chief of Operations

Norman Augustin
Deputy Chief

(678) 406-7737


Support Services and Community Risk Reduction Division

The Deputy Chief of Support Service and Community Risk Reduction is responsible for the oversight of the maintenance and repair of all departmental vehicles, equipment and department facilities. The office oversees the operation of the Fire Marshal's Office, the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Academy, and the Public Education group. The office is also responsible for the procurement of all equipment, materials and supplies for the department and maintains a dedicated staff of both civilians and sworn personnel that keeps the department operation-ready every day. 

Chief of Support Services & 

Community Risk Reduction


Jason G. Smith
Deputy Chief