Timothy A. Smith currently serves as the Assistant Fire Chief for Columbus Fire and Emergency Medical Services. Chief Smith has served the department for 33 years rising through the ranks up to Battalion Chief. In 2009, he was appointed to Division Chief of Training Division. In September of 2018, Chief Smith was appointed to the rank of Deputy Chief of Operations and in 2022, he was appointed to his current position as Assistant Fire Chief.
Chief Smith obtained the certifications of EMT-I, Rescue Technician, Hazmat Technician, and Public Safety Diver through National Association of Underwater International (NAUI), and Georgia POST certified Instructor. He also serves on the department’s special operations team as one of four task force leaders for the Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 9. He has an associate degree in fire science from CVCC, a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University. He is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer (CFO) with the Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Georgia Fire Chiefs Association.