On Saturday, December 9, 2017, during East Georgia State College’s Fall Commencement Ceremony, the first graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration received their degrees. Phillip Brigham was present to walk across the stage, and fellow graduate David Kimbrell was also recognized. Both students graduated at the end of Summer 2017.
Brigham entered EGSC in the Spring of 2016 and is currently a firefighter/EMT at the Augusta Regional Airport Fire Department in Augusta, Ga. He also works an EMT for the local ambulance provider. Brigham started his venture into public safety in 2002 as a volunteer firefighter. He has held a few different positions in public safety that include firefighting, EMS, and air medical transport. He is a member of the Augusta Professional Firefighters Association (IAFF Local 3357) and presently serves as their secretary. He is looking forward to the doors that this degree will open up in the future for his career. He is married and they have four children.
Kimbrell recently retired as the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Hall County, Ga., and is presently working as a consultant in the fire and EMS fields. He joined EGSC in the Spring semester 2016 and is a member of the FESA Advisory Council. He has a long history in public safety, having worked in the field for 33 years. He was Fire Chief in Hall County for ten years. He retired as fire chief in 2014 and subsequently served as the EMA Director. He is active with the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs, serving with the board for the past 14 years. He is married with a blended family of five children and four grandchildren. Kimbrell serves on several non-profit boards and associations.
“I could not be more proud of these two fine individuals, and all of our FESA students,” said FESA Program Director Beverley Walker. “Both David and Philip worked very hard in the program, and sacrificed much. They are an asset to the fire and emergency services field, and I am confident they will continue to have a huge impact in their respective communities.”