City of Helen 100 years

Fire Chief - Lee Poteat

Lee PoteatFire Chief - Lee Poteat

Chief Poteat has been a member of Helen Fire Rescue since 2005 and was appointed to his new position in December of 2012. Chief Poteat supervises fire prevention, emergency medical care, fleet maintenance, fire operations and public education.

Prior to this appointment Chief Poteat served as a volunteer with Helen Fire Rescue and moved from the rank of rookie firefighter to Lieutenant. During this time he has been instrumental in training other fire department personnel in the discipline of technical rope rescue. Chief Poteat has also served with Hall County Fire Services. While serving at Hall County he was attached to the Dive Team as a rescue diver that patrolled Lake Sidney Lanier. Chief Poteat is currently employed full time with Dekalb County Fire Rescue as a firefighter paramedic and is attached to one of Dekalb County Fire Rescues most deployed specialty teams that supports both federal and state agencies.

Chief Poteat's education background includes a certificate in Paramedic studies and is currently working toward his bachelor's degree of fire science in Fire Protection Administration along with a business degree.

Married to Jamie Lewallen Poteat they have one son Anthony and reside locally in White County.