Greg Shinkle named Deputy Fire Chief of Coweta County Fire Rescue

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Greg Shinkle has been named Deputy Fire Chief of Coweta County Fire Rescue. As Deputy Fire Chief, Shinkle will be responsible for overseeing daily operations of fire suppression, emergency medical services and special operations.

Shinkle, a veteran firefighter with more than 30 years of experience in the field, previously worked for the Atlanta Fire Department. He worked his way up the ranks, serving as Supervisor of Special Operations and Chief of Training. Before retiring in October 2015, Shinkle returned to the field to work as a Battalion Chief for one year. During his career, Shinkle also served as one of Coweta County’s first part-time firefighters. He held that role until spring of 2016. Most recently, Shinkle worked as a paramedic in the movie industry.

During his tenure in the fire industry, Shinkle worked on numerous high-profile cases including the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing, secret service command during presidential visits and a tragic 2006 Thanksgiving death of an Atlanta firefighter. Following that incident, Shinkle was a part of the extensive investigation. He has taken his learnings and continues to share lessons with fire agencies throughout the U.S.

“On behalf of the entire Fire Rescue team, we are thrilled to welcome someone of Chief Shinkle’s caliber to our team,” shares Fire Chief Robby Flanagan. “We believe his leadership skills and more than 30 years of experience in the fire rescue industry will elevate our department to the next level.”

“I am very excited to return to Coweta County and serve as Deputy Fire Chief,” shares Shinkle. “My focus will be on incorporating my skillset to help Fire Rescue adapt to the growth of the county, along with the growth of the fire department overall.”

Firefighting has been a life-long passion for Shinkle. He enjoys that every day is different and the rush of helping people in need. Over the years, Shinkle has developed a passion for training and special operations. He is looking forward to mentoring recruit classes and fellow firefighters. In addition, Shinkle is excited about Coweta County building its own in-house public safety training facility. “Training is the backbone of every organization,” shares Shinkle.

Shinkle is a resident of Tyrone. He is married to his wife of 38 years and has two sons – both now married – and three grandchildren.

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