By Kathy Jefcoats
ATLANTA — Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jeff Hood has accepted an appointment to the top state agency in charge of anti-terrorism.
Hood, who is also director of Clayton County’s emergency services, accepted the recommendation made by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs to represent fire services on the state’s Homeland Security Task Force.
“It is an honor to be chosen on behalf of my peers to represent the first service,” said Hood. “There will be challenging work and tough decisions ahead. I will continue to be diligent in making the right decisions not only for the citizens of Clayton County but also for the state of Georgia.”
Gov. Roy Barnes created the Homeland Security Task Force Oct. 25, 2001, weeks after the 9-11 attacks. The purpose of the task force is to advise the director of Homeland Security on issues related to terrorism and homeland security post-9-11. The task force goals are to reduce vulnerability and enhance response capabilities in the state.
Charley English is director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Division for the state. English formalized Hood’s appointment.
“Your gracious acceptance to serve on this task force gives me comfort that we have the very best minds at the table collectively addressing the challenges before us,” said English.
Hood joins top personnel representing various public safety agencies including fire, police, sheriff, public health and the private sector. Together, the officials will address issues that are critical to Georgia’s homeland security efforts.
Hood began his career in Clayton County fire and emergency services more than 34 years ago. He was appointed fire chief and EMA director April 5, 2011, by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners.
He is a state-certified firefighter, paramedic, level III paramedic instructor and Georgia certified emergency manager. Hood is enrolled in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Emergency Management Institute.
Hood’s many memberships including International Association of Fire Chiefs, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association, Georgia Department of Public Health Region III EMS Council and Association and County Commissioners of Georgia Public Safety and Courts Committee.
He is director of Clayton fire Charities Inc. and serves as the alternate for the County Commission Chairman on the Senior Policy group for the Metro Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative.