Thomasville Fire Rescue Command Staff

Fire Chief Chris Bowman was appointed the Chief of Thomasville Fire Rescue on September 1, 2013. Chief Bowman has a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) and is a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership/Religious studies from Winston-Salem Bible College. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute Staff & Command, University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Fire and Rescue Management Institute, and the National Fire Academy (NFA) Training Program Management program. Chief Bowman attended the NFA Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program from 2008-2011 and he has served as a Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Peer Assessor for the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).

Chief Bowman is a 38-year veteran of the fire service and a U.S. Air Force Military Veteran. During his firefighting career he has been assigned to Fire Administration, Emergency Operations, Special Operations, Strategic Planning, Logistics, and the Training Division. He has achieved qualifications as a Technical Rescue Instructor, Emergency Management Planning Section Chief, Fire Accreditation Manager, Firefighter I & II Level II Qualified Instructor, DHS/NFA ISO Safety Officer, Rescue Technician and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and State Fire Inspector. He was an original member of the NC Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force 6 Team, where he specialized in technical rope rescue, confined space rescue, and swift water rescue.

Chief Bowman has served as a career and a volunteer firefighter and has received numerous awards for meritorious service to include: NC League of Municipalities Service Award 2013; Fire Chiefs’ Award 2004, 2005, 2007; Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year 2003; American Legion Firefighter of the Year 2001; Civic Achievement Award 2001; Technical Rescue Award 2001, Special Operations Award 2001; Three (3) Life Saving Medals; Twelve (12) Medical Life Saving Medals; the U.S. Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service; and the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal.


Emergency Operations Division

A Shift Commander

Assistant Chief & Paramedic Mark E. Sealy began his career in the fire service in 1988 as a volunteer firefighter with Meigs Fire Department in Meigs, GA. He joined Thomasville Fire Rescue (TFR) on April 8, 1991. Chief Sealy has attended Southern Regional Technical College attaining an Automotive Technology diploma and Paramedicine diploma. He has attended the National Fire Academy (NFA) and the Georgia Fire Academy (GFA). While at the NFA, he completed a course in Command and Control of Fire Department Target Hazards and he has also completed multiple online courses from the NFA.

Chief Sealy is a 30-year veteran of the fire service. His assignments during his career have been in the Emergency Operations Division on an Engine Company, Truck Company, Technical Rescue and Special Operations, and currently as a Battalion Commander. He has achieved qualifications as a National Pro-Board (NPQ) Fire Instructor I & II, Life Safety Educator and NPQ Fire Inspector. Chief Sealy is a State of Georgia EMT Instructor II, National Registry of EMT’s (NREMT) Paramedic with credentials as a NREMT evaluator and preceptor. He also serves as the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the department and as a local American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Instructor.

Throughout his career in the fire service, he has served as a volunteer firefighter for 14 years, and as a professional career firefighter for 28 years. He has received numerous awards for meritorious service to include Firefighter of the Year three times, Fire Officer of the Year one time, and two Medical Life Saving awards for life saves in the community.

B Shift Commander

Assistant Chief Allen Powell Sr. began his career in the fire service as a firefighter with Thomasville Fire Rescue (TFR) on March 5, 1990. Chief Powell has a Bachelor degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and is a graduate from the Georgia Police Academy and the Blue Card Incident Command program as a certified Blue Card Incident Commander. He has attended the National Fire Academy (NFA) completing a course in community risk reduction, Changing American Family at Risk and locally a certificate with Georgia Crisis Intervention.

Chief Powell is a 28 year veteran of the fire service. His assignments during his career have been in the Emergency Operations Division on an Engine Company, Truck Company, and currently as a Battalion Commander. He is also tasked with being the Chief Logistic Officer for the TFR Emergency Operations Division. Chief Powell has achieved National Pro-Board Qualifications (NPQ) as a Firefighter Level 2, Hazardous Materials Technician, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Fire & Life Safety Educator, and American Heart Association (AHA) CPR Instructor CPR.

Chief Powell promoted through the ranks from firefighter to Engineer in September 1994, and he was later promoted to Lieutenant in August 2000. In 2003, he was promoted to Captain, then to Deputy Chief in 2005, and he became the first African-American Battalion Chief in the history of TFR on April 30, 2009. In 2012, Chief Powell was promoted to an Assistant Fire Chief position in the Emergency Operations Division.

Throughout his years in the fire service, he has served as a career firefighter and as a Police Officer. He has received recognition and awards for his service

C Shift Commander

Assistant Chief & Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I) Greg Owens began his career in the fire service in 1989 as a career firefighter with Thomasville Fire Rescue (TFR) in Thomasville, GA. Chief Owens has attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and received an Associate of Science Degree. He attended Southern Regional Technical College in 1990 and became the first EMT-I within TFR. Chief Owens has attended the National Fire Academy (NFA) completing a course in Special Projects Operation Manager and has completed multiple online courses from the NFA. He has attended the Georgia Fire Academy (GFA), Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, CO, where he completed training in Highway Emergency Response Specialist, Tank Car Specialist, and Leadership and Management of Surface Transportation Incidents. Chief Owens is a graduate of the Blue Card Incident Command program as a certified Blue Card Incident Commander and has completed specialized training through Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), College Station, TX, in Enhanced All-Hazards Incident Management/Unified Command class and The Guardian Center in Perry, GA.

Chief Owens is a 29-year veteran of the fire service. Chief Owens’ assignments during his career have been in the Emergency Operations Division on an Engine Company, Truck Company, Technical Rescue and Special Operations, and currently as a Battalion Commander. He has achieved qualifications as a National Pro-Board (NPQ) Fire Instructor I, NPQ Life Safety Educator, NPQ Fire Inspector and numerous other NPQ certifications. Chief Owens is a member of Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force II (GSAR TF 2), Thomasville/Thomas County Dive team, Southwest Georgia Chief’s Association, Georgia State Fireman’s Association and Thomasville Professional Firefighters Association. Chief Owens also serves as the Records Management System Officer (RMSO) for the department.

Chief Owens has attended Center for Public Safety Excellence conferences (CPSE) and is working towards his Chief Fire Officer (CFO) credentials.


Fire & Life Safety Division

Chief Fire Marshal Tim Connell began his career in the fire service as a firefighter with Thomasville Fire Rescue (TFR) on August 4, 2000. Chief Connell has a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation and Fire Marshal (FM) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC), a Georgia Fire Chiefs designation through Georgia Fire Chiefs Association, and a designated Deputy State Fire Marshal for the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University, where he was inducted into the Honor Society Order of the Sword and Shield. Chief Connell has attended the National Fire Academy (NFA) and he has served as a Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) Peer Assessor for the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is a graduate of the Blue Card Incident Command program as a certified Blue Card Incident Commander, and has attended the National Fire Academy (NFA) completing courses in Water-based Fire Protection Systems.

Chief Connell is a 34 year veteran of the fire service. During his firefighting career, he has been assigned to Fire Administration, Emergency Operations: Engine Company, Truck Company, Rescue and Special Operations, and the Training Division. He has achieved qualifications as a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Inspector, International Code Council (ICC) Fire Inspector, a Live Fire Instructor, and a Georgia National Pro-Board Qualification (NPQ) Evaluator. He is a Georgia Paramedic and an evaluator for the Emergency Medical Program for the State of Georgia.

Throughout his years in the fire service he has served as a career and has received numerous awards for meritorious service to include Firefighter of the Year, Three (3) Fire Officer of the Year awards and the Thomasville Exchange Club Outstanding Service Award in 2006.


Fire Training Division

Chief of Training Craig Dukes began his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1996. He joined Thomasville Fire Rescue on May 18, 2002. Chief Dukes has received his Chief Training Officer (CTO) designation, and Fire Officer (FO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC), and a Training Officer Credentialing and Live Fire Instructor (Fixed Facility) Credentialing through the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). He is also certified as an Arson Investigator through Peace Officers Standards and Training Council (POST). Chief Dukes has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and he has attended the National Fire Academy (NFA) where he has taken leadership and training officer classes to include: Leadership in Supervision, Training Program Management, and Fire Course Design. He is a graduate of the Blue Card Incident Command program as a certified Blue Card Incident Commander and helped establish the first Blue Card Incident Command Training Center in the State of Georgia. Chief Dukes is now a Blue Card Incident Command Instructor.

Chief Dukes is a 22-year veteran of the fire service and a U.S. Navy Military Veteran. During his career, he has been assigned to the Training Division, Emergency Operations Division, Engine Company, Truck Company, and Rescue and Special Operations. He has achieved qualifications as a National Pro Board (NPQ) Fire Instructor III, a Live Fire Instructor, and a Georgia National Pro-Board Qualification (NPQ) Evaluator and proctor/monitor for Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (GFSTC). He serves on the board of directors for the Georgia State Firefighters Association (GSFA) and is serving on the Georgia Fire Academy Advisory Council.

Throughout his years in the fire service, he has served as a career firefighter and has received numerous awards to include Fire Officer of the Year and Training Officer of the Year from GSFA.