HomeNewsAnalysisNews Analysis: The Augusta Fire Chief Position

News Analysis: The Augusta Fire Chief Position



Augusta Commissioners are poised to vote on hiring Dekalb County Deputy Fire Chief Antonio Burden as Augusta's new Fire Chief, but many on the Commission are not happy with what they call a “rushed” process to fill the position.

However, the commissioners who are complaining appear to be in the ...

Subscription Needed

You will need a subscription to The Augusta Press to view this content. Log in below OR subscribe.

Comment Policy

The Augusta Press encourages and welcomes reader comments; however, we request this be done in a respectful manner, and we retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to hide, remove and/or not allow your comments to be posted. 

The types of comments not allowed on our site include: 

  • Threats of harm or violence 
  • Profanity, obscenity, or vulgarity, including images of or links to such material 
  • Racist comments  
  • Victim shaming and/or blaming 
  • Name calling and/or personal attacks; 
  • Comments whose main purpose are to sell a product or promote commercial websites or services; 
  • Comments that infringe on copyrights; 
  • Spam comments, such as the same comment posted repeatedly on a profile. 


  1. The tax payers and citizens of Augusta will once again be on the losing end of this action hiring this man for Fire Chief. I have talked with many friends still working with the Augusta Fire Department. Hiring this induvial for Fire Chief will continue the mass exit from the fire department costing the tax payers millions. The young will continue to stay long enough to obtain NPQ Firefighter credentials and move on to a different fire department at the tax payers expense. The cost of training and equipping new fire fighters is costly and takes up to 6 months, while being paid a salary . Many fire departments across this country requires a person to obtain these credentials before applying for a fire fighters job. Not in Augusta! The older Augusta Fire Fighters are continuing to leave as soon as they turn 55 with 25 years of service due to the leadership of past Fire Chiefs and current city government leaders. Even more bad news for the public. The Augusta Fire Department has lost many fire fighters with years of experience due to years of bad leadership. Augusta now has front line fire crews with little to no experience responding to our citizens. Thank Mayor Davis and his hand picked department heads, former and current for what’s taking place in the Augusta Fire Department. And lets not forget the few commissioners that have their dirty hands in everything. that’s were the buck stops. The honest commissioners need to stand up and walk out of the meeting today when Mayor Davis and his corrupt commissioners and department heads bring up the hiring of their hand picked substandard Fire Chief. I’m praying for these good commissioners to have the courage to stand up for Augusta and stop what’s taking place in our government. Call of an outside investigation. And that doesn’t mean hire any pasted city department head to perform any study or investigation.

Recent posts