Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC)

Valdosta, GA

Chief J.D. Rice began his fire service career at Pittsfield Township, Michigan in 1978. In 1984, he joined the Waycross Fire Department. Chief Rice rose through the ranks to become Fire Marshal in 1986. In 1992, Chief Rice became the Assistant Chief at the Valdosta Fire Department, in Valdosta, Georgia. In 1995, Chief Rice became the first black Fire Chief in the City of Valdosta.

    Chief Rice is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Chief Rice has implemented several innovative programs since he has been in Valdosta. Chief Rice was the 89th. person to receive the National Professional Qualification Board Certified Firefighter Designation in 1990. Chief Rice has served on the Georgia Fire Academy Advisory Board of Directors for two terms. Chief Rice is a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy Certified Arson Investigator Program and has been appointed by three (3) different Georgia Governors to serve on various State Executive Boards. He has served two (2) three year terms on the Executive Board of Director for the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and has received a special recognition award from the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for work conducted during the Anthax scare. 

    Chief Rice has achieved many other accolades. He has co-authored two books on “Safety and Fire Protection”. He is also the first black to serve as President of the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Rice has been member Black Chief Officers Committee since 1994.

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