Atlanta Chief Cochran Tapped for U.S. Fire Administrator


The White House announced nominees Monday for numerous key positions in the Obama administration, including that of U.S. Fire Administrator.

Nominee Kelvin James Cochran currently serves as Fire Chief in Atlanta, Georgia and formerly served as chief in Shreveport, La.

Cochran has had 28 years of experience ranging from Firefighter to Assistant Chief Training Officer to Chief, with involvement in all phases of the fire service, the White House reports. His experience includes specialization in training and strategic planning/facilitating.

Cochran has also served as the 1st Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association, and Vice Chairman of Volunteers of America (VOA).

"Kelvin will play a vital role in strengthening our fire prevention and emergency management capabilities across the country," said U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano. "Working closely with our state and local partners, Kelvin will lead our nationwide efforts to prepare for and respond to fire emergencies."

As U.S. Fire Administrator, Cochran is charged with overseeing, coordinating, and directing national efforts to prevent fires and improve fire response. Cochran will oversee fire prevention and safety education programs and professional development opportunities for emergency responders at all levels of government.

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