On Thursday, March 21 at the sixth annual Firefighters Awards Banquet, Stan Ward was named this year’s East Cobb Firefighter of the Year. Stan puts in countless time and energy toward helping others in the community, his station, the department and to the fire service as a whole. Stan has been with the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services (CCFES) Department for over 6 years. He obtained his paramedic certification in 2015 and has immersed himself in the fire service.

Stan is an adjunct instructor with the Cobb County Fire Department training division and is a member of the “Big Water” group, Ladders group, Forcible Entry group and High Rise group. He attends and leads training opportunities both within CCFES and outside the department, on and off-duty. He is a lead instructor for the Metro Atlanta Firefighter’s Conference (MAFFC), a subject matter expert for Forcible Entry and tool maintenance and he attended last year’s Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, IN as both a student and instructor. He has eagerly shared the knowledge and skills he has learned with members of his station, battalion and the department. In fact, one of the training props that he helped develop is currently being used in this years’ department wide spring drill.

He is known for his pride and ownership of tools/ equipment, apparatus and the station that he is assigned to by treating each as if it belonged to him. He regularly serves as a mentor to other firefighters, helping them develop their skills. His professional demeanor and conduct makes him a go-to when interacting with the public.

One of his current passions is the Shield Council, which develops and implements plans to honor retired members of our department. His peers chose him to be the lead for this project and he averages 12-15 hours a week over the last 3 years creating items for the station retirement walls.

He and his crew recently responded to a patient in cardiac arrest. Using his paramedic skills, he and his crew successfully resuscitated the patient and he has now returned to his normal lifestyle.

For these and many other reasons, Firefighter Stan Ward has been chosen as the East Cobb Firefighter of the Year. Stan is an enormous asset to the Cobb County Fire Department. Congratulations to Stan on his many accomplishments, this award and for being selected as the 2019 Cobb County Firefighter of the Year! Great job Lieutenant Stan Ward! FF Ward is currently assigned to Station 19 on Powers Ferry Road.