Opelika Fire Chief, Byron Prather, oversees and directs operations, provide fire, hazardous materials and emergency medical services to the City of Opelika in compliance with state and federal codes and regulations. Chief Prather has extensive training in fire emergency safety including a fire science degree from Chattahoochee Valley State Community College and has served as a firefighter for more than 30 years. Before being chief, he was a shift commander in charge of daily operations at the Opelika Fire Department. His favorite thing about his job is having the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life when they have no one else to turn to or their situation is out of their hands. When the chief is not serving others, he enjoys spending time with family, road biking, mountain biking and working in his shop.