Barrow Fire Department gets new assistant chief

WINDER - Former Battalion Chief Mark Melvin, 36, was recently promoted to the office of Barrow County's assistant fire chief.

In his new position, Melvin will oversee the operations division that houses fire suppression, emergency medical services, education and safety.

"Keeping up with the growth is our biggest challenge," Melvin said.

Melvin began his career as a firefighter with the U.S. Navy in 1992.

"I joined the Navy right out of high school, that's where they put me, and it was something I really enjoyed," Melvin said.

Following his military duty, Melvin, a native of Douglas County, served with the Oconee County and Smyrna fire departments, then moved to the Barrow County Fire Department in 2000. He is a certified paramedic, emergency medical technician and emergency manager and holds an associates degree in fire science and arts. Melvin recently returned to Oconee County as a volunteer fireman.