The City of Woodstock is proud to announce that Woodstock Fire Chief Shane Dobson has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute. Chief Dobson competed with new fire chiefs from across the United States and Canada to become a member of the 2024 cohort of the program.

The year-long leadership development program, implemented by the International Association of Fire Chiefs, is funded by a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation. It provides new chiefs with the tools needed for successful and productive tenures. The 2024 cohort will meet four times this year, once at the Fire Rescue International Conference in Dallas, TX.

“We’re very excited that Chief Dobson was selected for this prestigious program,” said Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon. “I know he will represent our city well, and in return will gain invaluable knowledge or many years.”

Shane Dobson began his career as a City of Woodstock Firefighter in 1993. After building thirty years of experience with City of Roswell Fire Department and Dekalb Fire and Rescue, Dobson returned to Woodstock as Chief in April 2023.

Chief Dobson has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership from Reinhardt University. He earned an associate degree in Fire Science Technology from West Georgia Technical College and an Intermediate Emergency Medical Technician Certificate from Chattahoochee Technical College. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association. Woodstock Fire Department has an Insurance Services Office (ISO) Rating of 1, the highest rating, indicating the measure of how well a community is protected from the threat of fire. The department is currently hiring firefighters and EMTs. Learn more and apply online at woodstockga.gov/jobs.