After several months with an interim fire chief, Kenneth R. Booth has been named as the new Oneonta fire chief. Booth, who has a very impressive resume, began his duties Jan. 28.
Booth has worked at West Blount Fire Department for 24 years, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service for 21 years, the city of Graysville for 23 years, Bevill State Community College for seven years, City of Adamsville for two years, Hanceville Police Department for two years, the City of Oneonta spanning over a total of 15 years, and Pleasant Grove Department of Public Safety for eight years.
During his career he has served in many capacities including patrol officer, tactical team member, fire medic, training officer, fire chief, tactical medic, and assistant fire chief. He is also the founder, owner, and chief of training for Hot Wheels Public Safety Training Center, a 501c3 non-profit company dedicated to providing the highest quality public safety training at the very lowest cost to departments across the state.
Booth is a 1989 graduate of Hayden High School with post secondary education at Wallace State Community College, UAB, Alabama Fire College, and Columbia Southern University. He holds numerous fire service, EMS, and law enforcement certificates.
As Booth begins his new duties as Oneonta Fire Chief, he said, “I am honored to have the chance to serve the city of Oneonta as the chief of the Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service. I look forward to the challenges of guiding the Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service to the next level of excellence and professional service for the citizens of Oneonta.
“Through quality training and public education, we will continue to accomplish Oneonta Fire and Rescue Service’s mission of providing the highest level of fire and emergency medical service possible for our citizens.”