A veteran Savannah firefighter and an Atlanta-area fire chief have been selected to serve as assistant fire chiefs for Savannah Fire and Emergency Services.
Savannah Fire Chief Charles G. Middleton announces the appointment of Ben Morse to the permanent position of Assistant Chief, Operations. Morse has led the department’s Operations Division in an acting capacity since late 2009.
Morse is a 22 year veteran of SFES. He is a Savannah native and a retired Georgia Army National Guardsman. Morse began his fire services career at SFES Station 5 on W. Henry St and has served in many capacities during his climb through the SFES ranks, including Battalion Chief and Special Operations Chief, where he managed the Technical Rescue and Hazmat Teams.
Chief Morse completed the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute EXCEL course in 2008 and is a frequent student at the National Fire Academy where he has studied topics that include Strategic Planning, Organizational Theory and Fire Department Financial Management. He assumed the permanent position March 29th.
Chief Middleton also announces the appointment of Rockdale County Fire Chief Cedric Scott as the department’s new Assistant Chief, Logistics. Scott has served as chief of the Rockdale County Fire and Rescue Department since June 2009.
Scott began his firefighting career with the Macon- Bibb County Fire Department in 1987, and moved up through the ranks to serve as the department’s Fire Training Chief, a position he held until he was selected as Chief of the Waycross Fire Department in May 2005. He also served as Fire Chief for the City of College Park prior to his move to Conyers and the Rockdale County position.
Scott graduated with honors from paramedic school, received AAS degrees in Paramedic Technology (Gordon College) and Fire Service Administration (Macon State College), a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mercer University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Wesleyan College in 2003.
He has also received the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Scott will assume his new duties with SFES May 2nd.