Mark Arnold, Interim Fire Chief, has served in the fire service for 32 years, 28 years with Hall County Fire Services. Starting his career as a firefighter he promoted through the officer ranks to his current assignment as Interim Fire Chief. Mark received his Fire Science and Paramedic degrees from Lanier Technical and Gainesville College. He is an Army Veteran, serving with the 89th Military Police Brigade during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
Chief Arnold served in the department’s training division and continues to teach specialty courses such as hazardous materials, rope, confined space, and trench rescue; emergency medical curriculum; and fire suppression training. As an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy and GEMA, additional teaching opportunities include fire service leadership and incident management.
His professional career as a fire officer includes past service with one of the Georgia Mutual Aid Group’s type 3 incident management teams. He served as incident commander for a team deployed in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina to Waveland, Mississippi. Chief Arnold is a charter member of Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 1, currently serving as task force leader for the Blue Platoon.
Mark grew up in Jefferson, GA but has lived in North Hall County with his wife Vicki for the past 20 years. Vicki is a tenured employee of Northeast Georgia Health Systems and a lifelong resident of Hall County. Their son-in-law and daughter Steven and Sharon Giannone live in Land O’ Lakes, Florida.
Mark is an active member of Lakewood Baptist Church in Gainesville, where he serves as a deacon minister. Outside of professional interests he enjoys crossfit training, running, and cycling.