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Chief Allen English graduated from the Southern College of Technology in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and began working at the Carrollton Fire Department that same year.  He received his Emergency Medical Technician Diploma in 1996 from the Carroll Technical Institute.  He has progressed through the ranks from firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Battalion Chief. Recently he was appointed the Chief of the Department. He has also been the Carrollton Fire Department's Lead Fire Investigator since 2010 and holds many fire investigation certifications as well as being a sworn police officer through the Carrollton Police Department.  He is a Hazardous Materials Technician with the West Georgia Regional Hazardous Materials Team.  Chief English holds certifications in Fire Service Instructor, NPQ Evaluator, and other areas of fire department operations.  He has been a CPR Instructor since 1997.


​Chief English resides in Bremen, Georgia with his wife and two children both of whom attend the University of West Georgia.  Katrin is just beginning her senior year in the School of Nursing and Ally is a sophomore in the Psychology Program.



Capt. Bill Messer, Board Chairman, began his career as a firefighter with the Carrollton Fire Department in July of 1991.  Capt. Messer progressed through the ranks, being promoted to Lieutenant in 1994 and Captain in 2004. Throughout his career, Capt. Messer has assisted with the training and development of the Fire Department.  He has served as a fire officer and instructor in EMS training, firefighting, HAZ/MAT Technician, operations and awareness training, CPR/First Aid and AED training. Bill’s qualifications include Georgia State Certified Fire Officer/Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Instructor, National Professional Qualified HAZ/MAT Technician, National Registry EMT, Certified Georgia Fire Instructor, Fire Safety Instructor, Medical First Responder Instructor and CPR/First Aid Instructor Trainer.  He has also attended Fire Safety symposiums and GEMA conferences.


Some of Capt. Messer’s other specialized training includes arson detection, cobra operations and incident command, hazardous materials operating site practices, emergency response to radiological transportation accidents, radiological waste isolation pilot program, radiological instrumentation, radiation WIPP command and control, radiological emergency response, emergency response to hazardous materials incidents, prime alert Bio detection verification system training, chemistry of hazardous materials, Cameo Dos (chemical database) training, emergency vehicle operations, special supplemental inflatable restraint systems, crash victims extrication, structural fire control, interior search and rescue, building construction non-combustible, building construction wood and ordinary, pediatric life support, pre-hospital management of traumatic brain injuries, RTLS International, pressurized container fire control, and flammable liquids fire control. Captain Messer is a member of the Georgia State Firefighters Association and West Georgia Regional HAZ/MAT Team.

Capt. Tim Spratlin, Board Member, NREMT-I, began his career as a firefighter with the Carrollton Fire Department in 1989. Captain Spratlin progressed through the ranks becoming a Driver/Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain in 1996. His is a State of Georgia Certified Fire Officer, Emergency Medical Technician, National Professional Qualified HAZ/MAT Technician, and CPR/First Aid Instructor. Captain Spratlin has also attended many management and supervision classes which included national incident management. Some of his other training includes arson investigation, many live fire training sessions, structural firefighting, breathing air technician, interior search and rescue, Hazardous Materials computer data base training, crash victim extrication, emergency vehicle operations, pre-hospital management of traumatic brain injuries, infectious disease control and radiological emergency response and management. Captain Spratlin is a member of the Georgia State Firefighters Association and West Georgia Regional HAZ/MAT Team.  

Jordan was born in Carrollton, Georgia. She graduated Newnan High School and attended Jacksonville State University her first year in college. She is currently working on her Business Administration degree at the West Georgia Technical College. As the Campus Director, Jordan monitors and maintains all aspects of campus operations. She consistently works in accordance with the mission, core values and purposes of the school. She develops and monitors both short-term and long-term strategic plans for the campus while working with the education department to oversee the Recovery and Retention Program. Jordan aids in guiding and monitoring all aspects of academics to ensure that quality educational opportunities are provided to students.

Jordan reports to the Executive Board and to the West Georgia Regional Emergency Education Coalition on a quarterly basis. She works side by side with the Dean of Education, FGTC admissions assistants, the business and financial departments, and other supervisory and support staff as necessary. Jordan’s ultimate goal is creating a student experience that you can’t get anywhere else.

Thomas Woodruff, Board Member, has worked for both private and public emergency fire/ems agencies for over 34 years. He has held management positions for over 20 years and possesses a B. S. in Health Studies, B.S. in Organizational Leadership, and is currently completing his MBA. His professional certifications include instructor credentials for the State Office of EMS/T, Critical Care EMT-Paramedic, and is a retired Lieutenant at Douglas County Fire Department. His professional background includes emergency services, operations, service delivery, education and training, quality assurance, personnel management, human resources, and product procurement.


Thomas' extended background with emergency medicine/fire/rescue emergencies provides him with the experience and insight needed to manage a public safety training facility and to serve as Program Director overseeing EMS education and curriculum.

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