For­mer fire chief joins Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy

The Covington News - - Around the region -

CONY­ERS — Rock­dale’s for­mer fire chief, who re­signed in June af­ter less than a year in the role, is still in the pub­lic ser­vice sec­tor, but this time as an in­struc­tor at the Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy.

Franklin Wil­son ap­plied for the po­si­tion of pub­lic safety in­struc­tor at RCA in April when for­mer in­struc­tor Matt Ma­hathey de­cided to go back to the pub­lic safety field, said RCA CEO Miki Ed­wards.

“We are very glad that he has joined our team,” said Ed­wards. “Frank’s ex­per­tise will help us fur­ther de­velop the Home­land Se­cu­rity and Emer­gency ser­vices path­ways and will also al­low us to de­velop the state’s Fire­fighter path­way... His rich ex­pe­ri­ence in the field al­lows him to pro­vide rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion to our students. He also has very high ex­pec­ta­tions for peo­ple pur­su­ing a ca­reer in pub­lic safety and his students will ben­e­fit from that. He is very dy­namic and brings a lot of ex­cite­ment to the class­room.”

Wil­son was in­ter­viewed in May with sev­eral other can­di­dates for the po­si­tion, which was ad­ver­tised through the Teach Ge­or­gia web­site and through the pub­lic safety ad­vi­sory coun­cil, said Ed­wards. He at­tended the new teacher ori­en­ta­tion in mid-July and his con­tract is ef­fec­tive July 23.

As a char­ter ca­reer academy, RCA is able to hire in­struc­tors with­out a teach­ing cer­tifi­cate for the CTAE classes as long as they meet other re­quire­ments, Ed­wards ex­plained. Wil­son has a bach­e­lor’s in fire ser­vices ad­min­is­tra­tion and more than 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the field.

RCA is cur­rently con­struct­ing a new wing, due to open in Jan­uary 2013, to house the new Pub­lic Safety Academy. The two-story wing will in­clude a court­room style class­room, a foren­sic sci­ence lab, a 911 call cen­ter and sim­u­la­tor lab, along with other class­rooms for col­lege classes for Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Tech­ni­cal Col­lege.

Wil­son, who came from a deputy fire chief po­si­tion in Idaho, started in Au­gust of 2011 with Rock­dale County Fire and Res­cue and re­port­edly left for a change in per­sonal di­rec­tion.

The search for a new fire chief is still pend­ing, ac­cord­ing to the county of­fi­cials.

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