Chief Cole is the 7th Fire Chief in the history of the Gatlinburg Fire Department. Chief Cole joined the fire service in 1987 as a volunteer and obtained his Paramedic license in 1995.
Columbia Southern University
Fire Science Degree May 2010
Roane State Community College
EMT Paramedic Technical Certification 1995
Walters State Community College
EMT Technical Intravenous Therapy 1992
Chief Cole joined the Gatlinburg Fire Department as a volunteer in February of 1987. Throughout his 31 year career with the Gatlinburg Fire Department, he has served as Fire Suppresssion Officer, Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, Assistant Fire Chief, Training Officer, Hazardous Materials Technician, Swift Water Technician and Incident Commaner. He is certified by the state of Tennessee as a first responder/EMT instructor, state commission on firefighting instructor I and Officer II, basic trauma life support instructor and basic life support instructor by the American Heart Association.
Chief Cole earned recognition with the Gatlinburg Fire Department for leading personnel on several major incidents, representing the department at public relations events, presenting current fire prevention programs at area schools, creating fire truck equipment review checklists, ambulance check list and preparing specifications for new equipment, ambulance and fire truck purchases.