Salvatore Scarpa joined the fire service in 1991 and is the fire-EMS chief of the Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department in Georgia, a CFAI accredited agency.

Chief Scarpa has written numerous articles for the fire service and presented at many regional, national, and international conferences on contemporary issues in the fire service. Chief Scarpa has an associate’s degree in Fire Science, a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and a master’s degree in Leadership Studies. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program and a graduate of the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Scarpa has recently been appointed to the National Advisory Council for FEMA.

Chief Scarpa earned his designation as Chief Fire Officer in 2010.