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GEORGIA – Chief Gordon Henderson was appointed to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2010. His tenure on the Council included a term as Chairman. He was named Executive Director at GFSTC on November 19, 2014.

Henderson’s fire service career began in Rome, Georgia in 1975, where he served for 39 years, before retiring in November of 2014. During his career with the Rome Fire Department, he served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Company Officer, Training Officer, Chief Officer and ultimately Fire Chief.

He is a member of the Georgia State Firefighters’ Association and served as President from 2000-2002. In addition, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs where he served as a District Vice President for several years, as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Fire Protection Association.

Since 1994, Henderson has served as a Principal Member of the National Fire Protection Associations Technical Committee for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, which oversees the development of NFPA Standards 1001, 1002, 1003, and 1005. He has been the Secretary for this committee since July 2004.

Henderson is a State Certified Firefighter and holds a BS in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University. He has attended numerous training classes concerning the fire service and management throughout his career. He ended his tenure as Executive Director of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council on June 15, 2021.

Gordon asked me to tell each of you that his 47 years in the Fire Service has meant a great deal to him. He will be spending time with his family, and I am sure they will be keeping him busy!


Posted: 06/08/2021

The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is now
accepting applications for the position of
Executive Director
Please see attached job description for your reference and dissemination.
State of Georgia application for employment may be accessed here.

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