John T. “Tommy” Cole, Captain
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Tommy is a Captain with Pinecroft-Sedgefield Fire Department in Guilford County. He started his fire service career as a volunteer with the North Central Alamance Fire Department in Alamance County in 1987 as a Junior Firefighter. In 1990, he became the first paid firefighter in the department’s history and in 1999 he became the Asst. Chief followed by the position of Chief one year later. He was appointed Fire Chief of the Pleasant Garden Fire Department in Guilford County where he served from 2001 to 2010.
Tommy has also served as President of the Piedmont NC Firefighters Association, Chairman of the Guilford County Fire-Rescue Council, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for Fire District # 13, and 911 Manager for Person County, NC.
Tommy presently serves as the President of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association (NCSFA) Executive Board. He is also a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the Volunteer and Combination Section (VCOS), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).
Tommy lives in Pleasant Garden with his wife Crystal and their three children, Bethany, Chelsea, and Alex.