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County names new emergency services director

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Edwards takes helm Feb. 19

  • Franklin Edwards

Franklin Edwards, who has more than 35 years of experience in fire service, was announced as Jasper County’s new Emergency Services Director during Monday’s Jasper County Council meeting.

Edwards begins work at his new post Feb. 19.

Edwards replaces Wilbur Daley, former Emergency Services Director, who retired after working for 33 years in fire service, including the last 17 years with Jasper County.

“I look forward to working with all members of Jasper County Emergency Services and our regional partners to continue the excellent level of services that have been provided in the past,” Edwards said. “We have a great opportunity to innovate and grow along with the area to enhance our service delivery and customer focus.”

Edwards’ professional career includes experience in the fire and medical fields. He has previous experience at the county (Chesterfield County, Va., and Escambia, Fla.) and municipal (City of Margate and city of Pensacola, Fla.) government levels. He’s managed more than 20 fire stations with more than 250 full-time employees, 125 part-time employees and 350 volunteers.

Edwards holds a masters degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree in fire services from the University of Maryland.

“Jasper County’s Emergency Services Division is composed of professional and dedicated employees who continue to perform their duties with limited resources,” Jasper County Administrator Andrew Fulghum said. “Chief Edwards has the experience to lead the division in adapting to the growth we are experiencing and maximizing resources associated with that growth to benefit the fire/rescue and emergency management services the county provides.”

Edwards holds several certifications, including Fire Officer Level III, Fire Instructor Level III and Hazardous Materials. He has coursework in Hurricane Preparedness and Response and Hurricane Recovery and Mitigation.

He also has coursework with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, including EOC Management and Operations, NIMS Resource Management, NIMS Communications and Information Management, Command and general staff positions with the Incident Command System. Edwards holds the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Edwards is married and has two daughters.

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