A Fire Chief traditionally leads fire departments around the world; in addition, there is more staff that helps manage the services that are provided to our citizens.
Here, we introduce Greenville Fire-Rescue’s Leadership staff.
Jeremy Powell - Fire Chief (Chief 1)
Chief Powell has been with Greenville Fire-Rescue (GFR) since 2000. Before joining GFR, he spent time with Flower Mound Fire Department. A long-time Greenville resident, Jeremy has worked his way up through the ranks to Fire Chief. He holds the following certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP): Fire Fighter Advanced, Driver/Operator, Haz Mat Tech, Fire Officer II, and Fire Instructor III. He is a certified Fire Officer III and IV through the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and a graduate of the Texas Fire Chief’s Academy. Other certifications Jeremy holds include Paramedic, Rope Rescue Level I and II, Swift Water Rescue Tech, Vehicle Rescue Tech, Wild Land Fire Fighter, Engine Boss, and Structural Collapse II Tech. He has completed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS) certifications 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800. He has served on Texas Task Force 1 as a boat operator and on Texas Task Force 2 Urban Search & Rescue as an Haz Mat Specialist. Jeremy is married with four kids.
Chief Powell provides leadership for the overall direction of the fire department, sets department vision, goals, and strategic plan, manages grants, conducts department research analysis, is the Emergency Manager, and is the Primary Incident Commander for the City of Greenville.
Jordan Stogsdill - Deputy Fire Chief (Chief 2)
Chief Stogsdill has been with GFR since 2003 and was promoted to the position of Deputy Fire Chief from Captain. He has the following TCFP certifications: Master Firefighter, Arson Investigator, Fire Investigator, Fire Officer IV, Fire Instructor II, Driver/Operator, and HazMat Technician. He holds FEMA NIMS Certifications 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and 800. Jordan is also certified to the technician level in Rope Rescue II, Structural Collapse II, and Vehicle/Machinery Rescue, and is a certified Texas Peace Officer. Jordan is married with two children.
Chief Stogsdill manages the operations side of the department coordinating fire and emergency services with 48 front-line firefighters, including three battalion chiefs. He manages training, department fire apparatus, and other emergency vehicles and equipment. He also coordinates special rescue operations training such as structural collapse and hazardous materials response. The coordination of emergency medical services also falls under operations. Non-emergency service activities include coordinating equipment testing and maintenance, pre-fire planning, fire safety inspections, hydrant testing, and public education activities. Much of these non-emergency activities are in conjunction with the Fire Marshal’s office.
Jake Papageorgiou - Fire Marshal/Asst. Chief (Chief 3)
Chief Papageorgiou has been with GFR since 1999. He holds the following TCFP certifications: Advanced Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Haz Mat Tech, Fire Instructor II, Fire Investigator, Fire Inspector II, Plan Examiner, and Fire Officer IV. Jake’s other certifications include Rope Rescue Level I, Swift Rescue Tech, and Confined Space Rescue Tech. He also has NIMS Training through FEMA including NIMS 100, 200, 700, and 800. He is a member of Texas Task Force 2 as a HazMat Specialist and a Swiftwater Rescue Technician. He also holds Youth Firesetting Intervention Specialist I & II from the National Fire Academy. Jake is married with two children.
Chief Papageorgiou manages all fire investigations, including arson fires, conducts all state-mandated inspections, provides inspections for certificates of occupancy, manages all fire operations inspections, conducts plans review for building and fire code compliance, conducts fire systems inspections, and conducts fire extinguishment demonstrations. He also compiles and submits data to National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) and Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) to appropriate entities, provides record management for Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), manages fire education programs with the Fire Life Safety Education Coordinator, and fire safety programs. Jake also issues commercial and residential burn permits and supervises an assistant inspector.