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Chief Payne joined the Gainesville Fire Department on July 11, 2011 as the Division Chief of Fire Prevention. Chief Payne started his career in July 1990 as a firefighter in The United States Navy. After his four-year enlistment, he became a volunteer firefighter with Gilmer County Fire Department and later became a certified EMT-Paramedic, and worked both fields of EMS and fire for Union General Hospital, Lumpkin County EMS and Gilmer County Fire Department.  In July 1999, he started his career with Hall County Fire Services working for twelve years in several areas as Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Inspector and Fire Investigator.  He is also P.O.S.T certified and has been a Reserve Hall County Deputy since November 2009.

The Fire Marshal is responsible for a wide range of duties.  Preconstruction plan review is conducted every week at the City Planning office.  All building plans, fire alarm plans and sprinkler plans are reviewed to make sure they are compliant with current codes.  There are several types of fire inspections that are conducted on a regular basis.  New construction or remodeling inspections are conducted during various phases of construction.  Annual inspections are also conducted daily to make sure businesses located within the City limits of Gainesville are compliant with current adopted codes.  Site inspections, kitchen hood inspections, fire sprinkler inspections, fire alarm inspections and citizen complaints are types of other inspections conducted.

Arson Investigation also falls under the duties of the Fire Marshal.  All fires are reviewed by the Fire Marshal.  All large structure fires or suspicious fires an Arson Investigator will respond to determine the cause and origin of the fire.  The Fire Marshal also enforces the State regulated burn ban along with other city ordinances pertaining to the Fire Department.

If you have any questions or concerns about the services provided, please feel free to contact me directly at (678) 450-5025.


Chad Payne, Fire Marshal