ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell Fire Chief Ricky Spencer has been named Fire Chief of the Year by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs.
Spencer accepted the award on Sept. 14, at the association’s annual conference in Albany, Ga., where several hundred fire chiefs and firefighters from all over the state were in attendance.
“It is such an honor to be recognized for the passion I have for the fire service,” said Spencer.
Since 2004, Spencer has overseen all aspects of fire, emergency medical service and rescue operations, while providing leadership to 18 full-time employees and 145 part-time firefighters. He is responsible for seven fire stations that respond to more than 7,000 incidents each year.
Spencer has been praised by his colleagues as a leader who “creates an atmosphere of family and shows support of the fire service in many ways.”
One of Spencer’s passions has been the Georgia Firefighter’s Burn Foundation. Since he joined the city in 2004, Roswell Fire has collected more than $485,000 for the foundation. Not only does the money help provide valuable resources for the projects and programs of the Burn Foundation, but 10 percent comes back to the Roswell Fire Department to help enhance fire safety education programs in the community.
Spencer’s dedication to the fire service and the men and women who serve was also evident in his response to the needs of the Island Park, N.Y., Fire Department after Hurricane Sandy destroyed their fire station. The chief worked with Roswell’s City Council to donate one of Roswell’s reserve fire engines to the Island Park community during a time of great need.