Georgia Fire Academy

Curriculum Coordinator, Advanced / Specialized Programs Section
Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative (GPERI) Program Curriculum Coordinator

Associate’s Degree in Fire Management, Georgia Perimeter College
Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Department Administration, Waldorf University
Georgia Fire Chief Designation, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs


Ike McConnell joined the staff of the Georgia Fire Academy at the GPSTC in 2017 as the Pipeline Program Curriculum Coordinator.

McConnell began his career in the fire service with the Henry County Fire Department in September of 1993. While serving in Henry County, he has held several positions throughout the Department.

He is currently serving full time with the Henry County Fire Department as Battalion Chief. Henry County is part of the south metro Atlanta area where Chief McConnell has spent 24 years in his public safety career. He is an NPQ Fire Instructor III and holds numerous other instructor certifications and has taught numerous programs throughout the state.

In 2008, McConnell was promoted to Division Chief of Training where he served until December 2016. In that capacity, he was responsible for organizing, designing, implementing, and managing training and employee development programs for the Henry County Fire Department. This position also served as a Command / General Staff Officer when necessary on incident scenes.

In December 2016, He transferred back to field operations as a Battalion Chief. He is currently assigned to the Second Battalion where he supervises five stations and approximately 35 personnel. This position is responsible for coordinating; directing, and supervising personnel in firefighting, rescue operations, emergency medical services, the handling of hazardous materials, and training activities. This position also includes performing administrative, personnel, fire, and emergency services duties.

During his tenure, McConnell has had the fortune to become a student of the fire service and considers himself to be a lifelong learner. Training and education are very important to him. He has obtained numerous certifications in both fire and EMS, he has obtained an associate’s degree in Fire Management and a bachelor’s degree in Fire Department Administration. He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and will complete the fourth and final year of that program in March 2018.

Ike is married to Johanna McConnell and they have two Children; Audrey and Isaac



Georgia Pipeline Emergency Response Initiative (GPERI) Program Curriculum Coordinator

Professional Certifications

National Professional Qualification Firefighter I and II
National Professional Qualification Fire Instructor III
Nationally Registered Paramedic
Hazardous Materials Technician


Categories: Instructors