Valdosta - A South Georgia fire chief is appointed to the state board of public safety. Governor Sonny Perdue selected Valdosta Fire Chief J.D. Rice to serve on the 15 member board that oversees training and policies for public safety agencies.
He was nominated by the Georgia Firefighter's Association. Rice says he's honored to represent South Georgia on the state level. Rice has served as Valdosta's fire chief for 5 years. "Typically, the state decisions are made in metro Atlanta and with me being on this board, South Georgia will definitely have a voice in the important decisions," said Rice.
Rice has served as fire chief of Valdosta for eight years. He's also a member of the Georgia Fire Chief's Association and the International Fire Chief's Association.