Baker began his professional fire service career with the City of East Point Fire Department in 1986. In 1988, he joined the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department where he has served as a firefighter and paramedic, Fire Lieutenant in the Field Operations division and the Atlanta Fire Training Academy, Captain of the department’s Hazardous Material/Technical Rescue Unit, Section Chief in the Office of Professional Standards and Assistant Chief to the Office of Support Services.
A native of Atlanta, Baker earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Resources and Policy Studies from Georgia State University and a Master’s of Public Administration degree in Justice Administration from Columbus State University. He also completed Harvard University’s Senior Executive Education in State and Local Government program.
First Deputy Chief Randall Slaughter will serve as interim fire chief.