Fire Administration

Chief


Tim Padgett is currently the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director of Carroll County, Georgia. His total Public Safety Career span is 36 years All with Carroll County, Georgia.
At the age of 16, he became a Junior Firefighter with the Carroll County Fire Department and Civil Defense. After graduating from Villa Rica High School in 1982, he became a career firefighter and quickly advanced in his career by being promoted thru out the ranks of the Fire Service and Emergency Management.
In 1990, he was transferred into the administrative office to serve as Fire Inspector/Deputy Director of Emergency Management. By 1993, he was promoted to a Division Fire Chief and the Director of Emergency Management. His next promotion would soon come in the fire service. This time he was named Deputy Fire Chief and retained the Director of Emergency Management role in 2000.
Under his leadership, Carroll County has been declared a Federal Disaster Area (15) fifteen times since 1990.
Tim received the Master Certified Emergency Manager (MCEM) in 1999. He was one of the first in the State of Georgia to receive this certification. He is currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Program for Emergency Manager at Clackamas Community College. His Public Safety Education was earned at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia, the National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
Tim has served as the President of the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. He has also served on multiple committees for the State of Georgia. He is an active member of several of the local Civic Clubs in Carroll County. Tim is a member of the Carrollton First Methodist Church. He and his wife, Penny of 32 years resides in Temple, Georgia.
Email Chief Padgett at tpadgett@carrollcountyga.com.
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Deputy Chief

Tad Richardson
Tad Richardson was appointed the Deputy Chief of Operations for Carroll County Fire Rescue in 2014. As Chief of Operations, he is responsible for the day to day operations of the department and supervision of the Battalion Captain. Chief Richardson is a native of Carroll County and is a graduate of Villa Rica High School. He started his career as a volunteer firefighter with Carroll County in 1999. Tad transitioned into a career firefighter in 2001 and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. He currently holds multiple certifications including; Firefighter, Fire Officer 4, First Responder, Life and Fire Safety Educator, and Fire Instructor 2.
Email Chief Richardson at trichardson@carrollcountyga.com
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Deputy Chief

Bud Benefield
Deputy Chief Bud Benefield has been an active member of the Fire Rescue, EMS & Emergency Management services for more than 37 years. He began his career in the emergency services field as a volunteer firefighter with the Bowdon, GA Fire Department serving until the department was merged to form the current Carroll County Fire Rescue in 1979. He is one of the original founding members of Carroll County Fire Rescue. Deputy Chief Benefield was promoted to his current role in 2000. He has served the department in various roles from Volunteer Firefighter to various officer ranks up to the current Deputy Chief position held today. He was instrumental in bringing the National Professional Qualifications System - NPQ, into Georgia by being among the first Georgia Fire Departments to implement the NPQ system into Carroll County Fire Rescue's training program in the early 1990's. Deputy Chief Benefield holds multiple state and national certifications as a firefighter, fire instructor, fire investigator, fire safety educator, Chief Fire Officer, Georgia Peace Officer & Georgia Deputy Sheriff. He is Nationally Registered as an Emergency Medical Technician, State Emergency Medical Instructor,Certified Emergency Manager, and a Georgia Emergency Management Agency Field Instructor. He also serves as an American Heart Association Affiliate Faculty and has serves on the advisory board for The Faithful Guardian Training Center in Carroll County.
Email Chief Benefield at bbenefield@carrollcountyga.com
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