Terry Wages has amassed over 25 years of fire and emergency service experience starting as a fire fighter in Tupelo, Mississippi, and advancing to become a company officer, county fire coordinator, and chief training officer. In 2014, he was appointed the fire chief for the City of Brandon. In this position, Chief Wages oversees the operation of a 57-member department including six fire stations and five emergency response companies. He currently holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in emergency management and an associate’s degree in fire protection technology, graduating from both with highest honors and as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Chief Wages has completed substantial training in other public safety fields that include leadership, incident command, and technical rescue operations. He is a certified law enforcement officer and arson investigator. In 2012, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant recognized Chief Wages’ distinguished work in emergency service leadership. Chief Wages is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and serves on several professional boards and advisory committees. He resides in Brandon with his wife, Laura, and is a father of four.
Assistant Fire Chief
Richard Fortune started his fire service experience in 1990 as a member of the Brandon Volunteer Fire Department. The volunteer position that Assistant Chief Fortune once enjoyed with Brandon Volunteer Fire Department transitioned into a full-time position and, in 1995, and he became the first career fire fighter appointed to the City’s reorganized municipal fire department. Assistant Chief Fortune is a graduate of the Mississippi Executive Fire Officer Program and holds professional certifications in fire and emergency service management from the Mississippi Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, and the Department of Homeland Security. He is currently pursuing a fire science degree through the Mississippi Emergency Service Degree Program. Assistant Chief Fortune has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Mississippi Fire Academy and has presented various fire service courses throughout the state.
Craig B. Nash
Craig B. Nash began his path in to the fire service by becoming an explorer firefighter upon obtaining the rank of Eagle with the Boy Scouts of America. In the late 1980s, he became a volunteer fire fighter in his home town of Shannon, MS, and became a career firefighter in 1994 with the Tupelo Fire Department. In 2010, he took a position as the Training Officer for Ridgeland, MS, serving for four years. In 2015, he became Division Chief of Training and Education for the City of Brandon, MS. Craig has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from the University of Memphis and has obtained over 2,000 hours of training and numerous certifications in management, command and control, fire suppression, and technical rescue. He is a member of the Federal Emergency Management Administration Urban Search and Rescue Team in Tennessee, serving as a Search Team Manager. He also is member of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Task Force and serves as the Deputy Director for Search and Rescue. Craig resides in Brandon with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Addison, where he is a member of Brandon First Methodist Church.
Benjamin Warren began his fire service career in 1985. Since then, he has progressed to higher ranks within both civilian and military fire departments. As an educator, he has held faculty positions at academies and colleges throughout the country. Division Chief Warren joined the Brandon Fire Department as a reservist in 2005 and now administers the department’s Division of Fire and Life Safety on a full-time basis. He is a graduate of the Mississippi Executive Fire Officer program, a certified Instructor and a Fire and Life Safety Educator. Chief Warren holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in emergency management, graduating with highest honors, an associate’s degree in fire science, and additional course work in adult education. Outside the department, he often serves as a research consultant, grant developer, and guest instructor. Chief Warren is married with two children and enjoys spending time with his family, his work with the Boy Scouts of America and the Mississippi Crisis Response Network.
Patrick D. Wofford
Patrick D. Wofford began his fire service career in 1994 as a member of Walters Volunteer Fire Department in Pelahatchie, MS. Since then, he progressed in the ranks as a volunteer to the position of Chief of Walters Volunteer Fire Dept. Chief Wofford started with Brandon Fire Department as a fire fighter in October of 1998 after completing basic fire fighter class 1001 and EMT basic as a volunteer. Currently, Chief Wofford holds the rank of Battalion Chief with Brandon Fire Department. Prior his fire service career, Chief Wofford completed a Bachelor of Science degree at Mississippi State University. Chief Wofford is a graduate of Mississippi Executive Fire Officer Program and holds professional certifications in fire and emergency management from the Mississippi Fire Academy and National Fire Academy. During Chief Wofford’s career at Brandon, he held the position of Deputy Fire Coordinator with Rankin County Fire Service. Chief Wofford is married with three children, ranging in age from 19 to 10 years of age.
Brian Roberts started his fire service career in 2002 as a fire fighter with the Brandon Fire Department. Since then, he has risen through the ranks to hold the positions of fire apparatus driver-operator, captain and battalion chief. Chief Roberts completed his basic fire fighter class 1001 in 2002 and his EMT certification the following year. With over 2000 hours of specialized training, Chief Roberts has become recognized as an expert in technical areas of structural collapse, high-angle, overland search, and swift water-dive rescue. Chief Roberts is a member of the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security Task Force II with deployments across the state. A native of Pearl, Chief Roberts is married, enjoys spending time with his family and friends and is an avid outdoorsman.
Gary Huhn started with Brandon Fire Department in 2000. He holds professional certifications in fire and emergency service management from the Mississippi Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, and the Department of Homeland Security. He specializes in technical work in directing fire suppression, fire prevention, fire training, and safety and health activities. He is currently seeking a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Management. In 2015, Gary was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief, where he oversees the staffing of all stations, apparatus, and 16 personnel. His duties range from Incident Command System to providing the basic needs of personnel and citizens. When away from the Fire Department, Gary enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and running his business.
Carolyn Palmer started her fire service career in 1999 when hired on as an Administrative Assistant for the then one-year-old Municipal Brandon Fire Department. Her love of Emergency Services came from her background with her father being a volunteer firefighter for over 35 years and meteorologist for the National Weather Service. Carolyn served four years as Administrative Assistant for the fire and police department when it was combined under Emergency Services and then went back to the Fire Department in 2005. Carolyn assisted with organizing the state wide Emergency Services Administrative Professionals group which is a network and educational organization and was Secretary/Treasurer from 2015-2016. She also is a member of the Rankin County Traumatic Incident Support Team which is a support group for our first responders in the county. “Working for the City of Brandon has been extremely rewarding especially being around these fine men and women who love serving the citizens of our City.”