Chris Etheredge is the Deputy Fire Chief and Paramedic in the Dothan, Alabama Fire Department. His daily duties include oversight of all administrative functions of the Department. He provides oversight to the Fire Prevention division, where he continues to serve as the Fire Marshal, as well as Emergency Medical Services, Training and Safety. Additionally, Chief Etheredge oversees the Support Services Division of the organization handling specifications, purchasing and issuance of personal protective equipment, medical supplies and operational tools and equipment. The Dothan Fire Department currently operates eight Paramedic Engines to protect over 72,000 residents covering 85 square miles. Chief Etheredge’s educational accomplishments include an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services from Wallace Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Administration from Athens State University. He has also been designated as a “Chief Fire Officer” by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Most recently, Chief Etheredge became a designated Fire Marshal by the CPSE becoming the first in the State of Alabama to receive this honor. Chief Etheredge has completed more than 25 years in emergency services. He began his career as a certified volunteer firefighter and EMT in the City of Daleville. He is a member of the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs and currently serves as the Vice President of the Southeast Alabama Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Etheredge also serves as the Chair of the Annual Leadership Conference planning committee for the Southeastern Division of the International Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Etheredge’s community involvement includes memberships with various agencies including the American Red Cross where he served as Board Chair for three years. He is very active with the Wiregrass Area United Way as well. His son, AJ, graduated from Troy University and now attends the University of Louisiana at Monroe.