Training & Professional Development

Training & Professional Development Chief


Chief Patterson is currently assigned to the rank and position of Division Chief as the Training and Professional Development Chief.  He assumed this role in December of 2014.

Chief Patterson joined the department in March of 1996 as a Firefighter/EMT and became one of the departments first Paramedic's upon graduating from North Georgia Technical College in 1998.  Through his career, he rose through the ranks achieving Firefighter II, Firefighter III, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Captain, and Battalion Chief, and in December 2014 moved from the Fire Department Operations Division to a Division Chiefs job in the departments Command Staff.

He currently has achieved numerous certifications in Structural Firefighting, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, and Officer Development.  He currently holds NPQ certifications as a FFI, FFII, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operation/Technician, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Rope Rescue, Structural Collapse, Wilderness Rescue, NPQ Evaluator, Fire Instructor I/II, Fire Officer I/II/III/IV, and numerous other certifications.

The officer of Training and Professional Development is charged with maintaining its training hours and meeting the requirements to maintain its prestigious ISO Class I classification.  The Gainesville Fire Department prides itself on its partnerships and abilities to provide top-level training for all of its members whether it is firefighting, or taking care of its citizens and visitors with emergency medical first response.  No matter what the need or task, Gainesville Fire Department is here to assist and care for its citizens!