HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw formally announced the appointment of Towns County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Brandon Walls at the courthouse, Tuesday, June 18, describing Walls as a ‘great fit” and a “great asset to Towns County.” Commissioner Bradshaw cited a lengthy list of credentials that Walls has achieved to a host of citizens in attendance. Walls, who served as a deputy director within the emergency division, fills the vacated position of recently retired Rickey Mathis.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), emergency management seeks to promote safer, less vulnerable communities with the capacity to cope with numerous hazards and disasters.
“My public safety career has provided me with a great deal of training and hands on experience in multiple environments,” Walls previously stated. “I traveled around the state, responding to and operating in many different incidents of widely varying types and scales. These assignments allowed me to gain experience at the field operations level and in management positions. I also developed working relationships with local, state, and federal agencies and gained an understanding of incident response and management protocols, procedures, and administration. Thoughout my career, I have studied and operated in multiple public safety disciplines.”
Walls served with the Georgia State Guard, begining his career with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources game management division as a law enforcement officer, while pursuing an education in emergency medicine. Walls serves as a paramedic and firefighter in Towns County, and as a paramedic in Cherokee County, NC. Walls holds a range of certifications in search and rescue, advanced cardiac, trauma, and pediatric life support, in addition to tactical emergency casualty care qualifications.
“I wish to continue serving our hometown by building upon the great work already in place, expanding current programs, and leading the agency into the future as Towns County’s next EMA director,” Walls said.
Feature Image: EMA Director Brandon Walls (left) with Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw