Jeff Hood, Fire Chief, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a resident of Hall County where he lives with his wife of 34 years, Suzanne. He has two grown sons and five grandchildren.
He graduated from Morrow High School in May 1978 and began his career with Clayton County Fire Department as a firefighter in September 1978. His career with Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services spanned over 34 years. He retired as Fire Chief and EMA Director in June 2013. After a short retirement he went to work with Hall County Fire Services in January 2014 as Deputy Fire Chief, was named Interim Fire Chief in August 2014 and sworn in as Hall County Fire services fifth Fire Chief in January 2015. He is a State Certified Firefighter, Paramedic, Level III Paramedic Instructor and Georgia certified Emergency Manager. He has completed many Leadership and Emergency Service classes.
He has commanded many major incidents throughout his career in Emergency Services, has been published several times in Public Safety magazines and presented numerous topics at professional conferences.
A recipient of several Valor Awards including one from the Governor of the State of Georgia, Paramedic of the Year Award, Heroism Medal from Firehouse magazine, State of Georgia EMS Director of the Year, State EMS Awards, State Firefighter Award, and Firefighter Combat Challenge World Champion Awards (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 & 2011).
He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs; Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association; Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs; Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services; and Emergency Managers Association of Georgia. He has served in many capacities throughout his career including Department of Public Health Regional EMS Council; State Homeland Security Task Force; and Association County Commissioners of Georgia Public Safety & Courts Committee.
He attends Free Chapel Church. Hobbies include physical fitness and the outdoors.