For the second consecutive year, Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens has honored a Douglas County Fire Department official as the best in the state in meeting his responsibilities.
Recently, Hudgens selected Douglas County Fire Marshal Scott Bishop as the state’s fire official of the year.
Bishop follows fire safety educator Sherri Yearta whom Hudgens honored as the fire safety educator of the year in 2012, according to Bishop.
Hudgens praised Bishop for his dedication to the residents of Douglas County as well as lauding his staff and the department’s fire safety and education programs.
Under Bishop’s guidance, the Douglas County Fire Marshal’s Office conducts hundreds of annual inspections and uses those inspection opportunities to help educate the business owner on compliance needs. Although Bishop said he was humbled to be recognized at the state level for doing a job that he knows can save lives and help preserve property, he is the first to know that he cannot do it alone.
“I share this recognition with every Douglas County Fire Department firefighter whom I am not only proud but distinctively honored to serve with,” he said.
Bishop was more enthusiastic as to what the honor meant to Douglas County rather than to himself.
“This means Douglas County has a good fire safety and education program which we use to try to keep our community and its residents safe,” he said.
A graduate of Douglas County High School, Bishop is a former Marine. He said public safety has always played a big role in his life.
When he left the military, he worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for two years before transferring to the county fire department in 1987.
“With my service in the Marine Corps and then going directly into the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department after coming out of military service, I have been in some form of public safety since I graduated from high school,” he said. In his remarks, Hudgens said Bishop had been instrumental in gathering information to help the county maintain its Insurance Services Office, or ISO rating, despite the county’s tremendous growth in population.